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North Bougainville furnish report

DIRD Acting Deputy Secretary of Program Implementation Wing Mr. Andrew Livingstone receiving the 2018 DSIP Acquittal Reports of K8 million from the North Bougainville District Finance Manager Ms. Dianna Tsirikou flanked by MP William Nakin and officials from DIRD and District.

North Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has furnished their 2018 District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) acquittal reports of K8 million to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) yesterday.

North Bougainville MP William Nakin presented district’s expenditure and stressed that for stability, transparency and maintaining principles of governance in management of public funds to improve the lives of people in the country they have to play an honest role.

DIRD acting deputy secretary of the Program Implementation Wing Andrew Livingstone said according to the Public Finance Management Act (PFM) and the provisions and guidelines in the use of public funds, it is important to provide reports on the usages of Service Improvement Program (SIP- DSIP & PSIP) funds to verify delivery of services in the rural communities.

Livingstone thanked Mr. Nakin and his district officers for vigilant use of public funds and being accountable for the use and dispersion of these funds in the electorate.

“For the New Guinea Islands region, Bougainville is currently leading in the records of submit reports on time. According to the PFM, we have to acquit for any money we receive from the government that is for accountability, transparency and practice of good governance; the law sets the guidelines on how we manage, disperse and implement,” Mr. Livingstone said.

The first term MP Mr. Nakin acknowledged the efforts of his staff members and the staff of DIRD for a mutual cooperation in guiding, directing and facilitating the usage, monitoring and evaluation of SIP funds under the set guidelines and provisions.

‘I personally affirm that submitting of acquittals is the most important thing that we must provide, to see that the money is well spent,” Mr. Nakin said.

“We are only custodians of public monies, transparency and accountability is paramount importance, and as much as possible we want to ensure that we comply with the laws and guidelines that are stipulated under Administrative Guidelines and Financial Instruction to monitor our performances.”

Mr. Nakin thanked the staff of DIRD in charge of the NGI region provinces for the close monitoring, evaluation and advice in ensuring that his district was in compliance with the set guidelines and requirements in the use of public funds.

He said such timely submission of reports was an indication of the cooperation of all parties to achieve a common goal.

“This achievement is a collective effort of DIRD staff and my district officials through the contacts we established to produce these reports through mutual understanding and cooperation,” he added.

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