/20 CASES LANDING PAGE/ CLUSTER 4: STATE ABUSE OF ASSETS AND FUNDS

Public confidence in the ability of government ministers and civil servants to protect State assets and financial resources and to use them for their intended purposes is at an all-time low.

Institutions charged with oversight of State assets and financial resources are overwhelmed by the number of cases that they have to deal with on an annual basis, their tasks further challenged by the lack of capacity and resources.

Rehabilitation of Education Sector InfrastructureCase 4.1-Rehabilitation of Education Sector Infrastructure
The Government in 2009 introduced the Rehabilitation of Education Sector Infrastructure (RESI) programme designed to address the overcrowding and infrastructure issues in schools around the country. With an allocation of K230 million in the 2009 National Budget, the RESI funds were divided up with the Highlands region receiving 62%, Momase 23%, New Guinea Islands region 8% and Southern region 7% (The National, 2009). However since its establishment, the RESI funds have been covered with allegations of corruption and misappropriation prompting authorities to launch investigations into the matter.
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Boram HospitalCase 4.2-Boram Hospital
In March 2015 the local media broke the story on the awarding of a K1.2 million contract to an East Sepik Province contractor to fix a toilet at the Wewak General Hospital (National, 2015). The value of the contract and how it escaped scrutiny of the relevant officials – who were charged with the responsibility to monitor the disbursement of public funds – infuriated the public. The case confirmed and pointed to security lapses at commercial banks when clearing cheques valued between K50,000 and over K1 million.
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National Housing CorporationCase 4.3-National Housing Corporation
The eviction of long-term residents of National Housing Corporation (NHC) properties within and outside the National Capital District has been ongoing in the last decade. Some families – without financial support and resources – end up at a news organisation’s front desk, hoping that press coverage will stop the eviction and enable a peaceful resolution.
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THEMETIC INDEX
CLUSTER 1: RISKY STATE INVESTMENTS
CLUSTER 2: STATE SANCTIONED LAND GRABS
CLUSTER 3: STATE AGENCIES LACKING ACCOUNTABILITY
CLUSTER 4: STATE ABUSE OF ASSETS AND FUNDS
CLUSTER 5 : STATE LAXNESS TO CRITICAL BILLS
CLUSTER 6: STATE TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE

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