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15 April 2018


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Squeeze is on PNG Works Minister Michael Nali. There have been “massive real cuts in the government’s support for infrastructure of 51% between 2015 and 2018”.

Engineer Brian Alois has put a finger on actual cuts to roads expenditure effectiveness, a question raised by MP Sam Basil in November 2016.


The previous president of the PNG Institute of Engineers, like Alois, had “pointed out that the National Capital Districts roads were designed and constructed at double or triple the estimated cost.”


The current president, Brian Alois, has courage as reported to put it that “PNG government is paying well in excess of what it should for road construction and maintenance projects, referring to inflated contract prices and deficient tendering processes.” What’s more, road construction, “currently costs up to an average of K3 million a kilometre.”

Squeeze is on as other professional institutes of PNG figure out their own standing and add support. The previous president of the PNG Institute of Engineers "urged engineers and construction professionals to develop innovative cost-control systems in various areas in the field to ascertain that the procurement procedures were not abused."

Words with professional respect are applauded, but need to be strengthened and put foremost, discarding scabbard, to reveal limit at edge and point.

Squeeze is on PNG Departments Transport & Infrastructure, Works & Implementation, and others that truth may nail.

An experienced engineer who has been a head in the Dept of Works just said to me ..I have observed the Dept. of Works has gone from our hay days, where there was transparency and good governance and this has deteriorated when inexperienced young graduates got quickly promoted to senior management level thus contributing to the change from an effective DOW to the most corrupt now a days. So sad for such an important institute of the state.

Michael Nali is MP for Mendi Open and I have just been speaking to one of the pastors from his electorate who is very upset by the way he is treating the people there.

At the moment, just 10 minutes drive out of Mendi, the people are still trying to dig up the bodies of their loved ones lost in the earthquake.

The people are in a bad condition with no clean drinking water, little food and little help reaching them, especially for the women and children.

They appealed for help from Nali but all he did was throw some money at them for the people who had lost family members. Then he went back to Moresby. He has no heart for helping these poor people so I hope they will not elect him next time.

Hopefully other better leaders will arise out of these earthquakes who can better represent the people of Mendi.

Nali has certainly been ill-advised to condemn Brian Alois and it shows how little he understands the Works portfolio and his lack of ability needs to be exposed by the Opposition.

What a stupid minister and boofheads at Department of Public Works. No wonder most if not all of government service projects are always flawed - roads and health come into mind.

The late engineer Tom Crotty, foundation director of PNG's Department of Public Works, is rotating in his matmat at the injustice meted out to Brian Alois.

Brian, who had the intestinal fortitude to stand up as a highly respected professional engineer and speak the gospel truth, has been meted out a gross injustice by another mauswara political master in the form of gamanman minister Michael Nali.

When I was with what had become the Department of Transport, Works & Supply, skulduggery was not tolerated in any shape or form. Now it's rampart starting from the top.

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