Brian Alois, is a and senior engineer in the Works Department.
He has the ability and management skills to create an outfit of his own but chooses to stay in the public service despite the difficulties.
His latest challenge has been his suspension from office for a powerpoint presentation he made at the National Planning Summit in Lae hosted by Planning Minister, Richard Maru.
The summit drew views from various stakeholders including government departments like Works and Transport.
While Brian Alois is employed by the Works Department, he spoke in his capacity as the President of the Institute of Engineers PNG (IEPNG).
In summary, this is what Brian Alois covered in his presentation:
- PNG’s road construction costs are inflated (for various reasons stated in his presentation)
- It currently costs up to K3million kina per kilometer of road
- Our education system isn’t producing skilled road builders anymore but focuses on producing engineers with degrees.
- The works department is not conducting prior investigations and assessment to establish the actual cost of new roads
- Contractors are charging more than what should be charged
- The Works Department is underfunded and unable to conduct its duties independently.
Much of what he said is already in the public domain.
The inflated costs, the lack of capacity by the works department, the lack of pre-construction assessment is what tax payers want to know and need to know.
Taxpayers have every right to know how their money is being spent. Brian Alois simply told them how it was being spent and why costs were high.
Why was he suspended if he simply stated the obvious facts?
The Post Courier reports that the Works Minister, Michael Nali, has accused Brian Alois of lying. He said this when responding to questions by the Maprik MP, John Simon.
Tomorrow (11/04/18), the Institute of Engineers will deliver a statement on the suspension of Brian Alois.
It would also be best if his bosses counter the facts he presented with their own facts and figures. As a taxpayers, we want to know too how OUR money is being spent by the government.