THE Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) has been commended for providing technical advice and successfully facilitating and rolling out the government’s home grown policy of the services improvement programs (PSIP & DSIP) in the provinces and districts in the country.
Aitape Lumi district chief executive officer John Ainep said the DIRD officials were very helpful in assisting districts and provinces who faced implementation constrains and difficulty basically in the areas of project scoping, compiling acquittal reports (financial and physical),monitoring and inspection.
Mr. Ainep said this while presenting their 2017 and 2018 DSIP acquittal reports to DIRD this week.
“I would like to thank DIRD officers who have been doing good job in visiting the districts to physically verify and see what has been put up with monies which were disbursed to the districts. And be able to help district stuff by giving advice and guidance so that proper procedures are followed by furnishing acquittals,” he said.
Mr. Ainep said in 2017 the district was unable to complete some of its vital projects due to the temporary suspension of funds as a result of the 2017 national elections, and therefore the Department of Finance still owes the district K8 million for 2017 and K2.25 million for 2018.
However, he said the K8 million was scraped off from the supplementary budget review from the national government then.
“This has led the district in having to pay outstanding commitment to various companies for contracted projects, and others which were funded by the national government in the 2016 fiscal year, projects like the district solar lighting, disaster program and many other projects,” he said.