By JOE GURINA
FINANCE and Rural Development Minister James Marape has urged the 111 MPs to be prompt in submitting their acquittals by March 31 every year if they want funding continued.
Mr Marape said the government would pay the amounts of the current year now, however, stressed that next year’s funding will depend on the acquittals submitted by each of the 111 MPs by March 31, 2018.
“Under the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, on March 31 every presetting fiscal year, acquittals must come in from all the districts,” he said.
Mr Marape said acquittal processes will be tightened up and urged the MPs to work with their administration at the provincial and district level to comply with the requirements set by the Act.
He said after merging the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) under the Finance Ministry, he would make sure that the officers from the both departments would be on the ground to check on the projects the MPs claimed in their acquittals to have funded.
“With the merging now made possible,” he said, “we only stay here to receive acquittal reports but go out to check the projects and to make sure that these acquittals are correct.”
Finance Secretary Ken Ngangan said audit and compliance will be an important aspect to carrying out a prudent audit systems in both departments.