Lupari warns businesses and government officials against taking advantage of procurement of relief supplies
Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari, has issued a warning to businesses and government officials against taking advantage of the procurement and delivery of relief supplies to people in the affected provinces for their own gain.
Mr. Lupari said there has been over pricing of goods and hiring rates for vehicle and aircrafts in past relief exercises.
“I am hoping that this will not be the case in this relief exercise.
“We will be keeping a close watch and monitor how procurements are done and goods are delivered to our people.
Mr. Lupari said most of the funds must be spent on food supplies at the right prices.
“Suppliers must also have the capacity and ability to provide the supplies in a timely manner.”
“Government officials must carry out their obligations in a proper and honest way,” Mr. Lupari said.
“In addition, business houses must also be honest in the pricing of their goods and services.
“We must not take advantage of the plight of our people and the situation they are facing in the earthquake affected areas. This is not the time.
“How can we live with such practices if it cost lives,” said Mr. Lupari.
The Chief Secretary has already directed the National Emergency Controller Dr Bill Hamblin and his people to provide weekly reports to his office.
He said the report will be audited and if any suspicious activities are found, appropriate criminal charges will be made against perpetrators.