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May 17, 2021
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Balob Teachers College Buildings Still Not in Use

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By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

Two buildings at the Balob Teachers College funded by the European Union (EU) have not been, used even after the construction was completed in March.

The dormitory and a lecture building remain closed after the contractor left with the keys.

No reasons have been given as to why the EU funded project has not been put to use.

The administration is still waiting for an answer from the European Union and the contractor, Regional Engineering Construction (REC), regarding the delay in utilising the buildings.

Principal, Jerry Hendigau, said the buildings were supposed to be used as of April.

However, that did not eventuate as the college does not have the keys to the buildings.

College Female Vice President, Priscilla Peni, says the current accommodation of the female students at the old dormitory is disappointing.

She says the college administration together with EU and REC should act quickly as it is affecting the students’ academic performance.

Meanwhile, the Director for Regional Engineering Construction Limited said that the buildings were supposed to be used since certificates of completion and occupancy were given to the college during the official opening.

European Union in a statement said the financed project was officially handed over to the government of PNG on March 18, 2016 in the presence of the Minister for National Planning, Charles Abel, Secretary of the Department of Education, Dr. Uke Kombra, and the college administration.

The EU will be looking into this administrative matter immediately and is ready to assist its partners to ensure that the facility is accessible for student use as soon as possible.

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