By DEMAS TIEN
WATER PNG is owed around K44 million in arrears by consumers, managing director Raka Taviri says.
Taviri said the Government owed about K25 million of that amount – in particular the police force, defence force and Correctional Services.
“We are happy with what we are doing in trying to get them to pay us,” Taviri said.
“We are also working with them to go to the Finance Department to sort out the payments. We have no allocation from the Government. We rely on what we get from our consumers.
“Will have to tighten up our belts and try to work within our means because this year we did not have any tariff increase. It’s going to be a tight year for us in 2017.”
Taviri said Water PNG had paid a dividend of K4.2 million to Kumul Consolidated Holdings. Last year it paid K5.6million.
He made the comments on Friday during the launching of the 30th anniversary logo and closing of a two-day conference in the National Capital District.
Deputy chairman of Water PNG board Peter Pokawin urged the conference participants to implement what they had learnt when they returned to their centers.
Pokawin told the participants to have the right attitude to move Water PNG forward.
“We have seen issues and challenges and we are trying to address that. Next year we can see progress in Water PNG,” Pokawin said.
By DEMAS TIEN