BY DOUGLAS MARAU
Mr O’Neill said he has been advised that funds allocated for the construction of the chancery were remitted to the contractor but the contractor has failed to deliver the project.
Trans World Construction, owned by local Solomons businessman Thompson Turueke, won the contract but Mr O’Neill said it had been a failure.
He was responding to questions raised by the Solomon Star about why construction work had been halted since July 2010.
“The PNG government is disappointed that the money allocated for the chancery was mismanaged by the contractor and also our own people,” Mr O’Neill said.
He said his government would be conducting an investigation into the procurement process because it was done outside normal procedures.
“We will get to the bottom of this,” he said.
He has also asked his Solomon Islands counterpart Danny Philip to open a separate investigation to help get to the root of the problem.
Source: Solomon Star, 5 September