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May 15, 2021
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Probe into State Property Dealings and Lae NHC Evictions

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Chair of Special Parliamentary on Public Sector Reform and Service Delivery, Gary Juffa, says he intends to question officials of National Housing Corporation about dealings in State property and the eviction of NHC tenants in Lae.

In a media release, Juffa expressed astonishment when he heard of NHC handing over a property belonging to the state and situated along Lae’s Cassowary Road to KC2 Limited, to settle a debt of K1 Million.

Juffa’s questions arise from numerous news articles concerning public servants being evicted from state properties that are meant for the public service.

“Where will these public servants go now? Will NHC build replacement accommodation?” asked Juffa.

“There is a proper process for the disposal of State Assets and it appears that they have not been followed, in this case,” Juffa added.

Juffa says in order to protect the Public Sector and Public Servants, SPC will look into how the deal occurred, including misconduct as well.

“Public Service Housing is a way of enhance the quality of the public service and ultimately the delivery of the service to the nations,” said Juffa.

Juffa also highlighted the existing shortage of Public Service housing, resulting in many Public Servants finding accommodation in the Settlements and being expected to deliver high quality and modern standard work.

Juffa says SPC has sought documentation relating to the deal to establish for itself its legitimacy.

“This is a very serious matter and I will leave no stone unturned,” he warn.

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