IN AN AMAZING REVELATION, Mr Babaga Naime, Secretary of the PNG Central Supply and Tenders Board, has issued a statement confirming that Borneo Pacific (BPP) does not need to meet ISO9001 as it isn’t the manufacturer of the pharmaceuticals it supplies and distributes.
Clearly Mr Naime and his Tender Board can’t see any difficulty. However 'Blind Freddy' could surely see what’s wrong with Mr Naime's statement. If the pharmaceuticals distributed by BPP in the past have a history of poor standards, or not actually being what they claim, BPP are therefore, according to Mr Naime, completely absolved of any responsibility.
Can Mr Naime actually substantiate his continued suitability for this important government position based on this reported statement? Based on media reports, Mr Naime made ‘strong representations’ to the NEC to have BPP awarded the contract to supply pharmaceuticals to the PNG people. Those same people who pay his salary as a public servant to look after them and ensure they are properly looked after.
With an appalling lack of public accountability, it appears that the PNG government is happy to sit things out until this whole saga just ‘goes away’. The voters who elected these representatives, trusting they would look after their health and that of their families, now need to know who they have actually elected.
So where is the PNG Opposition? This is a classic case of an important issue that refuses to be publically debated. The question must surely be asked, why?
Belden Namah has apparently been too busy looking after his own point-scoring with the PM to look at the best lever he has been presented with to use against the government. C’mon Sam Basil and those in the ‘Opposition’. Now is the time to draw a line in the sand.
Otherwise it’s a matter of waiting for a 'bolt from the blue', or perhaps the Ombudsman might get up enough courage, to stop the rot.
The problem does not stop with the Almighty but with those who have been previously either too intimidated or too corrupt to stop this scenario from being foisted on their own people.
Husat inap lo sanap na stretim displa aswa?