PNG’s O’Neill calls for probe into hous­ing

‘Sto­ries from around the coun­try of peo­ple pay­ing large sums of money to the NHC’

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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.

Es­tab­lish­ment

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.

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