Masiu warns NBC contractors

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Timothy Masiu has warned tender officials for the National Broadcasting Corporation projects to deliver their tasks without compromising corruption by colluding with contractors.

Speaking early this week in Kerema during the commissioning of the refurbished NBC building, he said contractors should not deliver substandard work.

The NBC building was abandoned for 20 years after being condemned by health authorities.

It was refurbished at a cost of K500,000 from the Department of National Planning’s Public Investment Program funds.

Masiu said contractors should not do half hearted work.

Whatever scope of work done should account for the money paid, Masiu has stressed.

“Moni ino ken lus long rot na yumi wokim kainkain na giaman planti na after two weeks em bagarap gen,” he said.

(Money must not be lost on the way by doing other things and after two weeks the job done is damaged again)

“I don’t want to see that.”

“If that happens, heads will roll,” Masiu warned.

He receives an applause from the crowd in Kerema.

Masiu who over seas the NBC as minister said he would be watching like a hawk and the staff and management have to work with him.

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If they were lagging he said they had to pull up their socks.

He said public money for projects are for the people and people must benefit.

He has urged the NBC board not to be too friendly with the staff.

“It (NBC) has been a milking cow for too long,” Masiu said.

The NBC recently received a K1.5 million PIP funding from the Department of National Planning and carried out refurbishment works at NBC New Ireland, Morobe and recently Gulf.

These refurbishment works have been a dream in the last two decades.

NBC Managing Director Kora Nou says he been made aware that the Government had earlier allocated K21.0m in PIP funding to NBC to undertake major rehabilitation of NBC provincial radio stations.

“I’m also aware and fully appreciate that a few NBC office & studios facilities – like NBC Oro and most recently NBC Madang – were renovated with the kind funding support of the Oro and Madang Provincial Governments,” he said.

“If the K21m was indeed given to NBC, I’m sad to say that when I took office in 2016, there was little evidence to show in our provinces how these funds were utilised to improve facilities like office and studio buildings and staff accommodation.”

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