Last night I wrote a post on Facebook saying "When you stand for the truth, you will stand alone" after media houses released news on former Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah being recommended to be dismissed by the Leadership tribunal.
This morning another strange news was posted. PNG Institute of Engineers Presidnet Brian Alois who is the Regional Works Manager - Momase was suspended by the Works Department.
Papua New Guinea National Research Institute Director Paul Barker wrote this on his wall;
Paul Baker: What a Week for PNG Professionals!?
Brian Alois is one of PNG's professionals of integrity, of whom the country should be proud.. Speaking as President of the Engineers' professional body, he was addressing the recent National Planning Consultative Summit and highlighting how the PNG Government is paying well in excess of what it should for road construction and maintenance projects. This is consistent with other independent reports that highlight that PNG invariably pays on the basis of precedent ( and deficient tendering processes) from previous inflating contracts prices, rather than the genuine cost plus a reasonable markup.
B Alois mentioned the recent 1/3 km road in NCD which cost some K80 million ( a pretty extraordinary blow out in costs from, say a K40 million EU contract in 1996 to Downers for upgrading and sealing almost the entire length of the Madang Highway to Waterais!)
So, for helping PNG raise its standards, save its population tens of millions and better ensuring a sustainable infrastructure, not just in downtown NCD, and exposing wrongdoing/malpractice, for which he should be a national hero, it seems the Works Dept has, instead, chosen to suspend him... This sends a pretty strange message..
What a week..! Where an anti-GBV violence policewoman is viciously attacked by her jealous ex-boyfriend and policeman and speaks out, and the head of the engineers's professional body is suspended for trying to raise standards...Strange place.
PNG's first female engineer Finkewe Zurenuoc says;
Brian Alois has done more audits on road infrastructures in PNG than anyone else in DOW, he knows what he is talking about. Let the truth be told. The truth does hurt.
The IEPNG is supporting our President Brian Alois. He spoke on our behalf.
SO WHOSE INTEREST IS DOW SERVING BY SUSPENDING BRIAN ALOIS
Brian Alois spoke the truth during his presentation in-front of Works Secretary David Wereh and other Government Ministers and Departmental Heads. His presentation was straight forward and was clear enough for anyone to understand.
I remember Brian also did a presentation in 2014 during an engineers conference in Lae. He did a cost analysis on the Lae roads. His explanation was pretty simple and was directed as challenges to engineers.
Picture courtesy of Post Courier online