By BOSORINA ROBBY
LOCALLY-owned helicopter company, Helifix Group of Companies, have called on the media to obtain correct information regarding the storage of the Government’s Falcon jet in their maintenance storage facility at 7-Mile.
Helifix chief executive officer Robert Agarobe, in a press conference yesterday, denied media reports this week that Helifix was being paid K40,000 weekly for the temporary storage of the jet.
Mr Agarobe was concerned that this report carried serious implications of Helifix being an accomplice in unlawfully receiving State money totally K600,000, of which K40,000 is being paid to them.
“Helifix wishes we could be paid such an amount, and we urge that media liaise with Air Niugini to obtain correct figures,” he said.
“Let me further clarify that the temporary storage of the Falcon jet at our maintenance facility is an arrangement between Air Niugini, as the managing aviation company, and Helifix.
“It is not between the Government and Helifix.”
Mr Agarobe said the report was bad for his company as they had worked hard over the years as a locally-owned, managed and operated company that contributed to the development of the country.
He said the company lived up to its motto – ‘Doing our bit in nation building’– and to have their image tarnished through the media was disappointing and unlawful.
The Falcon jet’s three-month storage at the Helifix hangar is currently being renegotiated by Air Niugini and Helifix for another three months.