Nuristan PC claims saving millions from being embezzled
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The provincial council chief on Monday claimed saving millions of afghanis by preventing corruption attempts in many development projects in eastern Nuristan province.
Eng. Saeedullah Nuristani told Pajhwok Afghan News the council’s efforts had led to the arrest of some education officials for committing fraud.
He also said they had resolved disputes among tribes and had prevented graft in tens of projects after an evaluation. “After monitoring and evaluating some projects, we unearthed embezzlement worth millions of afghanis and stopped the schemes.”
Referring to the construction of a 21-kilometre road connecting Mandol and Doab districts, he said: “The contract for this road was given to a fourth person. We suspended the contract and gave it back to the second person.”
He said the road had been earlier estimated to cost 236 million afghanis, but now it would cost only 170 million afs.
“In Wama district, we found embezzlement in a 7.5-kilometre road which was being constructed against the approved design. Now work on the road is ongoing in line with the design,” he added.
The PC chief said some local residents did not want roads to be constructed in their areas, but they intervened and resolved the matter. “We spoke to local people about the value of roads and convinced them that they need them.”
Nuristani said they had to suspend construction work on the Peshgal-Osham road for technical issues. Once the issues were resolved, he said, the construction would resume.
Regarding anomalies in the education sector, he said, the Kamdesh district education officer had been misusing teachers’ salaries and was referred to the attorney’s office.
“Our attention is mostly focused on the education sector. Sometime back, we referred the Noorgam district education officer to the attorney’s office. He would directly promote students to 12th class and would issue certificates to them without exams,” he alleged.
According to Nuristani, more than 80 percent of schools in the province lacked buildings, teachers were not well-qualified and the quality of education was very low.
He said the council had managed to resolve many tribal differences that had come close to armed clashes.
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