Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Jeremiah Manele has said he is sure the Democratic Coalition for Change Government will take on the outstanding national projects under the 2014 Development Budget.
Contributing to the motion on the resolution of Parliament last week, Mr. Manele said projects like the Tina Hydro, Munda International Airport and others are critical for the long-term development of the country.
“There are also important national projects in the 2014 development budget such as the Tina Hydro project, the Munda International Airport, Suafa Bay and various infrastructure projects that are still being implemented or yet to be completed. How will the DCC government treat these ongoing national projects? Will these continue to be priorities or not? These priority projects are critical as far as we are concern to the long-term development of our country. Am sure the government will take these on and see how best to prioritize these projects in the first quarter of next year and of course in the substantive budget for 2015.”
Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader said though reforms in the planning and budgetary processes have boosted the 2014 development budget expenditure, these expenditures need verification to ensure value for money.
“Sir I also understand that expenditure under the 2014 Development Budget as at November 2014 stands at 78 percent, an increase of 15 percent compared to the 2000 Development Budget expenditure for the same period. Reforms in our planning and budgetary processes during the last few years have led to improvements on expenditures of the development budget. These expenditures however need to be verified to ensure value for money and there is actual progress on the ground in the implementation of these projects and programs.”