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NHC Board dispels high pay announcement

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The Board of the National Housing Corporation has denied allegations of the Board being paid hefty allowances. Chairman Edric Kelai says the current board is made up of reputable nationals who want to revamp NHC and establish a workable solution to the nation’s housing problems. The board says recent comments by Housing Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, were misleading.
“We are not here for money, we are Papua New Guinean’s working for the eight million plus people,” said Kelai.

According to NHC Chairman, Edric Kelai, the NHC Board is performing its responsibilities and has worked without pay to overhaul the operations of NHC. Kelai added that the current problems faced do not require a band-aid solution.

Fellow board member, Vera Raga, says the board wants to see results stating that the board is not operating on an adhoc basis, but under the provisions of the NHC Act 1990.

Another board member, Maria Kopkop, commented that the board is an independent body and is answerable to the management and policy framework of NHC. Kopkop says working together can improve the poor state NHC is currently in.
“We urged Minister Tkatchenko to work with us because this will make fast improvement within NHC,” said Kopkop.

The board members say they will not be intimidated by any form of opposition and will continue the good work that has already begun.

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

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