If you are from the Northwest region (Election District #5) of Chuuk State, FSM you might wonder about the funding priorities for our region as reported in my recent post entitled, “FSM Congress Allocates Millions for Projects.”
But do you know why the same congressional bill (C.B. No. 19-131) allocates $71,000.00 yet specifies where the money needs to be deposited? Here’s the exact wording as you can view on the CB itself.
“$71,000.00 (for) Land Acquisition for the people of Halls, Weito and Pattiw Islands…PROVIDED THAT the allottee of this specific funding shall deposit the funds into the Special Funds within the General Fund of the Federated States of Micronesia for Chuuk Election District No. 5 established pursuant to Public Law No. 13-83.”
Why are we the only region in the FSM and Chuuk State whose allocation is being deposited into a “Special Funds” located and controlled in Palikir using an old public law P.L. No. 13-83?
From what I can tell from reading the full wording of this Public Law No. 13-83, this was a law passed in 2005 by the 13th FSM Congress and signed by then President Joseph Urusemal. It created a special fund in the FSM General Fund controlled in Palikir FSM President Peter Christian….(wait for it…) “or his designee.” In other words, the $71,000 allocated on February 12, 2016 is deliberately funneled into this special fund rather than Chuuk State so that only President Christian or whoever he designates will be able to spend it down.
Are we talking about public funds being set aside for private land acquisition in Pohnpei or elsewhere? What is this about? Why should the president have a say in land acquisition for the Northwest people? Who exactly will the president designate as allottee for this fund to purchase lands on our behalf? Why are we buying lands again? Where? What happened to the other lands that were supposedly purchased on Weno by previous senators from our region for the same purpose? When is this nonsense going to end?
By the way, WTF! means Wiiwiin Tiper Firio!