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SW Governor Goes Tough On Defaulting Development Officials 

By Bouddih Adams — Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has admonished officials charged with implementation of development but who are rather pursuing their selfish interests.

Opening the 4th and last meeting of the Regional Follow-up Committee on the execution of the Public Investment Budget, PIB, in the Southwest for 2013, the Governor observed: “Many of these officials spend time fighting to protect their personal interest, above the wellbeing of the population.”

“It is unfortunate that senior officials appointed to positions of responsibility by the Government to implement the development programme of the nation have distinguished themselves with negative attitude and anti-patriotic behaviour mentioned by the Head of State himself in his message on December 31, 2013,” Okalia stated. “I am convinced that we are all aware of the stakes of this meeting, which is the institutional forum for the physical and financial evaluation of the execution of projects funded by the Public Investment Budget in the Southwest Region,” he stated.

He enjoined them to “not limit themselves to only follow-up but to denounce all the bad behaviour that was condemned by the Head of State.” Okalia asked them to denounce such behaviour to him, as the Governor. After saying it has reached him that some people go around saying “the Governor is no more involved in public contract,” he stated: “The Governor is the Chief Executive of regional administration and I give specific instructions.

Those involved, I don’t want to mention names here, will receive a circular from the Governor!” He said it was true that the long rainy season was a problem, in addition to the difficulty in access to some localities in the Region, “but we cannot use this as a pretext for shortcomings registered last year,” he warned.

He urged the committee to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility, objectivity and strive to attain positive results. Earlier, the Chair of the Committee, Agbor Meg, said: “I thank God that the Governor is starting 2014 with us so that at the end of the year the father of this nation will not be disappointed as he was in his message on December 31.”

“The whole of the country’s execution was below 50 percent, but the Southwest alone performed above 50 percent. This means that the whole pot of soup wasn’t a good one but if we go region by region, the Southwest had 51.99 percent performance. “In 2014, we are moving from a sitting committee to a going out follow-up committee,” she boasted.

First published in The Post print edition no 01498

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