Thursday, September 20, 2018

PM announces establishment of interim anti-corruption office

Prime Minister's Department

 Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced that the National Executive Council has approved the re-establishment of an interim Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Office.

The NEC has further appointed  Thomas Eluh as the interim ICAC chairman for a period of 12 months.

“A truly functional and effective ICAC, that has real and independent authority, is essential for the good governance of our nation,” O'Neill.said.

“We have seen in the past when attempts to establish such an authority, that protects the public interest, has been politicised and undermined.

“We now have a fresh start with the interim Independent Commission Against Corruption led by a respected officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.”

NEC has directed Chief Secretary to Government.Isaac Lupari to provide all necessary support for  establishment of the Interim ICAC office that will report directly to the NEC on its operations.

All relevant files and assets of the former Investigation Task Force Sweep will now be transferred to the ICAC Interim Office.

 This includes the conduct of immediate investigations into the operation of PNGSDP Cloudy Bay investigation, the Community College Project, the National Agriculture Development Plan and other matters as directed by the NEC.

The Acting Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management has been directed to facilitate the appointment of the interim Chairman at Executive Level 4, which is the level of a Departmental Head.

 The   Acting    Secretary, in consultation with the Department of Prime Minister & NEC, will facilitate support to the Interim ICAC Office in the development of its Organisational and Management structures.

The Secretary for the Department of Treasury has been directed to allocate K6 million for the establishment of the Interim ICAC Office, to be obtained from savings made in the 2018 National Budget.

O’Neill said Eluh had a proven track record as a distinguished officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, and through law and order appointments in a number of roles.

“Thomas Eluh is a man of sound judgement, and has answered the call of national service as a highly effective Assistant Commissioner of Police, and in managing challenges such as those we have faced in the Southern Highlands province.”

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