Source: The National, Thursday, March 28, 2013
THE internal report from the SABL inquiry has taken too long and was unnecessary given the time and amount of money spent, Lands and Physical Planning Minister Benny Allan said yesterday.
Allan said this after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told parliament on Tuesday that the report had completed only three of 16 terms of references and without the expected information.
However, the SABL commission of inquiry yesterday told reporters it was only given 12 terms of references to inquire into.
“The inquiry was given three months and then extended another five. That is eight months altogether given for investigation,” Allan said.
“Then the commission gave the prime minister only the interim report after 18 months.
“The time frame is too long and not necessary for the internal report and not the expected final report,” he said.
“When the process was delayed, there was nothing ready for parliament to table which was the
Allan said he agreed with O’Neill that the outcome of the inquiry was unsatisfactory.
He said a moratorium on the issuance of SABL was in place and his department could start implementing the recommendations of the inquiry.
He was speaking at yesterday’s official launch of the complaints desk at the department’s Aopi Centre office in Port Moresby.