Investigations Overdue over NAQIA Failed Housing Project

By Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby

It’s a housing project worth millions of kina, but to date it has been left to deteriorate under dubious circumstances involving the National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority and the numerous sub-contractors tasked to complete the NAQIA Housing Project.

The project is the first ever housing scheme for NAQIA but it has failed to be delivered on time.

Staff of NAQIA are confused and left in the dark as to what really went wrong with the project.

This is the million kina NAQIA housing project.

For three years, it has been left idle and vulnerable to theft.

The interior is an eye sore. The walls are broken and covered with graffiti.

One of the houses was recently occupied by the sub-contractor and his family.

However, the circumstance surrounding their move into the house is still unclear.

According to sources, NAQIA failed to pay the sub-contractor for two years which has prompted the move.

The project is the first for NAQIA approved by the NAQIA board in 2011.

In May 2012 NAQIA entered into an agreement with Lands Investment Limited to build 9 times three bed room houses.

Lands Investment Limited then sub-contracted it to Addie Lee Architects, a Chinese based Company.

But it failed to deliver the project within the time frame of six months.

It was initially valued at K2.7million but costs incurred over the years could see the figure rise.

A thorough investigation into this project is long overdue to clear the confusion and to help the state save millions of kina to dubious individuals and contractors benefiting from the project.

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