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ministries. “…Their programme in that area was very weak,” he said, before adding that the former government was instead prepared to rent from people it was friendly with.
Heath-Retemyer added that the agency has to pay competitive rates. “With the coming oil boom, there are a number of companies and individuals who are
coming and asking for space and we are required to compete with them for the same space. So you do the due diligence to ensure that you aren’t paying more per square footage than average,” he said, before adding that the figure that was approved was just an average.
“We are now faced with the fact that as much as you are anxious when you are going to rent a building, there are all kinds of considerations that you have to employ, especially in the case of SARA. We have to be a lot more careful than other agencies. An agency that may go and rent a building …and based on what they are required to do, it may not raise an issue. If we are renting buildings which are sometimes questionable, then we will have to answer some questions,” he added.