2 Jun 2008

PNG's Governor General has urged the people to get rid of corruption

7:26 pm on 2 June 2008

PNG's Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane has urged all Papua New Guineans to get rid of the disease called corruption'.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that Sir Paulius made the call while addressing more than 1000 people who joined a walk against corruption at Ela Beach in Port Moresby.

He said corruption is the reason why people still go without in such a resource rich country as PNG.

Earlier, retired Catholic Archbishop, Sir Brian Barnes in his prayer before the walk, said the greed of leaders and public servants had led to corruption.

Sir Paulias has urged people to support the work of Transparency International PNG in its fight against corruption.

Ninety six teams representing 68 organisations with banners against corruption walked and raised about 64 thousand US dollars to fund the work of the agency.

The Deputy Opposition Leader Bart Philemon also joined the walk where officers from the Finance Department and Auditor General's office were part of a predominantly private sector event.