PNC Making Sure There’s No Corruption In Laptop Pogramme
The Peoples National Congress reform is now letting up on the government and its one laptop per family programme. The party says it wants to ensure that the programme does not leave any area where corruption could creep up. Already there is concern about the purchase of some of the laptops and the Office of the President has found itself in a back and forth with a section of the media over the laptop purchases changing its story every time it issues a new release.
The programme is expected to be funded by the government of china and close to 2 billion dollars have been allocated for the purchase of the first set of laptops this year. But there is concern since the purchase of a first set of laptops may have skipped the tendering process. The Peoples National Congress is paying close attention to the matter.
Capitol News understands that the President himself will overlook the project. A consultant who was brought in to set up the programme has since resigned after a number of disagreements. That consultant capitol news understands was not pleased with the way the programme would have been managed and expressed his concerns. And a non governmental group that should have been used as a pilot project for the programme pulled out, after it too was not totally satisfied.
The government has announced that it will be buying laptops for the bargain price of 295 US each to and out to families across the country. How those families will be chosen is still to be totally clarified. A similar programme was launched in Trinidad a few months back and it too encountered a host of problems.