PNG’s O’Neill calls for probe into housing
‘Stories from around the country of people paying large sums of money to the NHC’
Papua New Guinea’s Minister Peter O’Neill wants an investigation conducted into the National Housing Corporation following concerns raised on how it is being run and managed. “I will immediately get our officials to conduct a thorough investigation into the conduct of the management of National Housing Corporation,” Mr O’Neill said. Usino-Bundi MP Anton Yagama queried in Parliament what had been done to address the acute need for housing by Papua New Guinean people. Mr O’Neill said he would present a report on the investigation into NHC in the next sitting of Parliament.
The NHC was set up by an act of Parliament “to improve housing conditions and provide adequate and suitable housing for letting to eligible persons”.
Many civil servants live in NHC properties. Mr O’Neill told Parliament that he had also been hearing “stories” from around the country of people paying large sums of money to the NHC. “Housing Corporation is becoming a business. It is not supposed to be a business. It is supposed to be providing affordable housing to Papua New Guineans,” he said.