by Shane Saroya – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The government has spent 1.4 billion kina to build the games venues, and there’s still 120 million yet to be paid to project contractors.
In a press conference, Minister for Sport and International Events, Justin Tkatchenko, said the government will hold back 10 per cent of all the contract values for maintenance and defects of the Pacific Games venues.
He further says, it will take 12 months to ensure that all the buildings were structurally sound, and defects are rectified, before the final hand over is done.
Ten per cent of all other venues like Sir John Guise Outdoor stadium which cost K160 million, Taurama Aquatic centre K150 million and also Rita Flynn indoor stadium cost under K50 million will be held back by the government.
It was made clear by Tkatchenko that the contractors will have a 12 month liability period where they must make sure that all the facilities are well looked after, and maintained.
These world class Sporting facilities will be handed over to the PNG Sport Foundation, once fully completed after this 12 month duration.