IN THE Auditor General's Report to Parliament for 2011, which is a public document, Unitech (Lae’ University of Technology) appears as the only state institution in PNG which recorded an "adverse opinion". It is public knowledge that something has been wrong with Unitech's financial management for many years.
In fact, external audit reports since 2006 indicate serious deficiencies in financial administration. The former Council and management were apparently unable to take effective corrective measures. This is what prompted government interventions, and the dissolution of the former Council.
The first government intervention was a mediation team, which started in May last year and produced a report in November. In the process, everybody was heard and their stories were registered. The nature of this process, however, did not allow for systematic discovery of evidence.