INSPECTIONS of the Oro Administration by Governor Gary Juffa (pictured) has exposed what appears to be extensive payroll fraud.
Brief inspections are carried out by the Governor as he walks through various divisions of the Administration and inspects the public service machinery.
The inspections have exposed several issues of poor management and recommendations have been made to improve governance and service delivery. Most issues highlight unprofessional behaviour, lack of service delivery, absenteeism, fraud and theft.
In the most recent inspection carried out on Friday, the Governor interviewed several key staff and reviewed internal audit reports that highlighted a significant lack of control in the Administration.
The inspection exposed payroll fraud and poor management.
The review also found that many well qualified public servants were overlooked for promotion while grossly unqualified people were appointed and promoted, contravening procedures governing employment and promotion of public servants.
“Many honest public servants have suffered while thieves and liars are promoted and appointed,” Governor Juffa said.
“For instance, a casual employee who was not qualified for the position of payroll officer was hired some years ago. This officer stole substantial monies belonging to teachers and was charged by the police when I found out.
“The officer was not charged and was never removed from his post. In fact he is still there!
“This is negligence and disgraceful conduct by the Oro Administration and they have been instructed to act or themselves be charged.”
Juffa cited another case in which a person occupied a house, was on the payroll for several years and had never worked as he lived in Port Moresby.
“He was also receiving hardship allowance for Beijing,” Juffa said. “Amazing!”
Governor Juffa has now asked for an internal investigation to be conducted to review audit reports and recommend actions.
The investigation team will consist of police and officers from the Governor’s Office, the Treasury, and the Finance Inspection Division.
“Corrupt and lazy public servants must be weeded out,” Governor Juffa said. “Several have already been charged criminally and others must follow. This is terrible and unacceptable.”