National Housing Corporation properties in Lae City could be sold tothe provincial government to easethe housing problems currently faced by public servants.
Housing Minister Paul Isikiel says a team will soon begin identifying properties that will be sold in a package deal tothe provincial government.
The government agency tasked with providing affordable housing to all Papua New Guineas hasn’t had a good reputation inthe last ten months.
It has faced criticisms over allegation of corruption, criticisms over evictions and it has also been criticised for the poor state of its properties.
Nowthe housing Minister wants to find solutions starting in Lae.
“Because of allthe problems that housing has, especially withthe rundown houses, we have a tasked team emplaced to come up to Lae and identify allthe houses that we own here and do a package deal and sell it to provincial government,” said Minister Isikiel.
For now it’s a sensible mover for an organisation that doesn’t make enough revenue for itself to meet its operating costs.
The Minister has acknowledged thatthe NHC doesn’t havethe ability to maintainthe properties it has.
Meanwhile,the neglect and corruption overthe years, some of it exposed in Public Accounts Committee hearings has meant thatthe corporation doesn’t really know how many houses it actually owns. Pictured is Housing Minister, Paul Isikiel.
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