BRIEFLY PNG’s Pe­tro­leum and En­ergy dept build­ing con­demned

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - Port Moresby: RNZI

The of­fices of Pa­pua New Guinea’s De­part­ment of Pe­tro­leum and En­ergy have been con­demned and or­dered to close im­me­di­ately.

The Post Courier re­ported that the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Com­mis­sion is­sued the or­der to va­cate the build­ing at New­town, Kone­dobu, on Sat­ur­day.

The de­part­ment was or­dered to close be­cause the old of­fice build­ing is un­fit for hu­man dwelling, the NCDC said.

The evic­tion no­tice was is­sued after com­plaints lodged about work­ers’ safety prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no­table de­fects in­clud­ing cracked ceil­ings, wet floors, bro­ken walls, ex­posed elec­tri­cal wirings, poor ven­ti­la­tion and dis­man­tled roof­ing iron - thus pos­ing a se­ri­ous pub­lic health con­cern and fire risk.

It also found that the build­ing was a semi-per­ma­nent struc­ture set up for tem­po­rary use, but had served the de­part­ment for a longer pe­riod than it should have.

The build­ing at New­town has been the scene of dis­grun­tled landown­ers ram­page in re­cent months over non-pay­ments of roy­al­ties. It houses units of en­gi­neer­ing, eco­nomics, top man­age­ment, pol­icy and le­gal di­vi­sions.

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