THE Governor of Papua New Guinea's Oro Province and national parliamentarian, Gary Juffa, has said the country's new anti-graft commission must be truly independent if it is to work.
The Peter O'Neill-led government has passed legislation to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption.
This came as Pomio MP Paul Tiensten was jailed for nine years this month over the misuse of $US3.8 million in public funds.
Gary Juffa said there is more corruption now in PNG because there is more money in circulation.
"There's also more opportunity and more people involved in it,” he said.
“Right now, for instance, in many departments, corruption is from the bottom up, top down. Everyone from cleaner, teaboy, driver to CEO is in some way or another involved.
“If we are to have the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the important word here is independent. It has to be independent."
Governor Juffa said PNG is not the only country where corruption is a problem, saying it is often more advanced and less blatant in other countries.