EDUCATION Secretary Dr Michael Tapo says the decision to pay contractors reportedly owed K300 million hinges on Government’s response to an audit report on the work done.
Tapo told The National that the audit report on the work carried out by the contractors would be submitted to Education Minister Nick Kuman for forwarding to Cabinet, then to Parliament.
He was responding to the demands by contractors who have been camping outside the Fincorp Building in Waigani wanting to be paid.
The gate to the building had to be closed to keep them out.
He said the department had spent more than K30 million to pay the contractors since 2012. He said the audit was ordered by then acting education minister James Marape in 2013 to find out why so much money had been paid to the contractors.
He said the audit was carried out by the departments of finance, treasury, education and police.
“The report was supposed to be carried out over three months but it required expertise and took almost nine months,” he said.
The report was submitted to the department last August. He said the minister had tabled it in parliament but a further review was needed.
The review was carried out from September to November last year.
Because it needed a lot of work, “we had to hire an external auditor”. The National
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