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April 18, 2021
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NAQIA: Security firm awaits service fees

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A security firm that gave the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) 24 hours to pay their service fees over the weekend has still yet to see results.

EM TV understands that the security firm, Pand Corp Limited, threatened to lock the main gate leading to the corporate services offices at Waigani Drive over the weekend but were prevented by police.

Pand Corp has been contracted by NAQIA to provide security on their premises.

They have static guards that mend the gates and provide escort services. For four months, their service fees have not been paid.

An invoice for escort services from July to October totalled up to over K70,000. Another invoice for static guard services during the month of September and October amounted to over K140,000.

In total, NAQIA has an outstanding payment of over K215,000 in service fees to be paid to Pand Corp security firm.

EM TV understands that last Saturday, a 24-hour ultimatum issued to NAQIA lapsed, resulting in security officers blocking off the main gate to the corporate services building. 

However, a quick response by police personnel has eased the situation. EM TV was told today that NAQIA’s acting managing director, Joel Alu, was out for “duty travel” and cannot comment on the situation.

Pand Corp Security’s managing director, Michael Kandiu, said he hopes the payments will be made sooner.  

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