Only 24 APEC vehicles still in use and not 300, says APEC CEO Hawkins

PORT MORESBY, 14 FEBRUARY 2019 (POST COURIER)—There are 24 vehicles still in use after the end of APEC 2018 and not 300 as reported.

From these 24 vehicles, four are unaccounted for with the Police asked to investigate and locate through recovery processes. The other 20 are still in use by the Joint Security Taskforce team and are required to be retired and delivered to the Finance Department.

APEC CEO Chris Hawkins in a letter to Police Commissioner Gari Baki sighted by this paper said that he sought the support through the RPNGC chain of command to have these 20 vehicles returned for processing by the Finance Department as soon as they can be retired from APEC service.

“APEC Authority vehicles are being retired and delivered to the Finance Department as they are no longer required for APEC wind up operations.” Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko said that international media reports were false and misleading.

In particular comments by the recently appointed head of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) Superintendent Dennis Corcoran has been slammed by Tkatchenko who said that the reports of 300 vehicles unaccounted for byr Corcoran is false.

“It is a misleading statement; all vehicles are accounted for with only four vehicles yet to be accounted for. Let’s get that straight and let’s not believe false, misleading and absolute rubbish information that has been quoted as coming from Corcoran.”

The vehicles reported as unaccounted for are:

*Two White Toyota Prado;

*One Grey Toyota Prado, and

*One Hyundai H1 Van. black in color.

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