Cash-strapped ESP districts ‘paralysed’
DISTRICT offices in the East Sepik province are in dire need of funds to carry out their functions because the provincial budget is not ready and accounts for the year are still closed.
Districts officers in Maprik claimed that no funds were forthcoming for operational costs such as fuel and stationery since the close of accounts last year.
“We are looking after important divisions such as health and commerce and we are in the last month of the first quarter with no funds to carry out our work,” an officer said.
“We cannot even pay for our post office box, telephone bills and power so we’re using Telikads which we pay out of our own pockets.
“We would like to know when a permanent provincial administrator will be appointed so things could run smoothly in the province,” he added.
The accounts are normally opened in February but to date no funds have been received in the districts.
The province has yet to appoint a permanent provincial administrator.http://www.thenational.com.pg/032008/nation40.htm