Contracts with landlords to be reviewed, says PM

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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says they are now reviewing all contracts with landlords for properties rented by the Government for offices.
O’Neill, pictured, was commenting yesterday about the four government offices locked out for five weeks due to outstanding rental payments.
“There is now a restructure in office accommodation going on and we will get all the Government offices now renting private properties to all move to the central Government Buildings in Waigani,” he said.
Some of the State agencies locked out are the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government, Public Curators Office, Public Service Commission and the National Civil Registry Office.
Meanwhile, Provincial and Local Level Government Secretary Dickson Guina said they had been advised that their outstanding rental payment of K1.2 million has already been paid.
“So we will be moving in any time this week,” he said.
The department is renting the five floors of the Kitpeng Building at Garden Hills, in Port Moresby, at K500,000 a month.
It is understood that the Government owes about K9 million in outstanding rental payments for properties rented out by the State agencies.