By BURI GABI
BAVAROKO Primary School in National Capital District is crying foul and desperately trying to recoup K116,160 worth of damages incurred by Team Central during the PNG Games last November.
The school’s board chairman Jacob Ivaroa, in a signed letter, appealed to the Central provincial administration to immediately intervene and resolve the matter after their attempts to get the PNG Games executive director Mary Karo for payments failed.
Central provincial administrator Raphael Yibmaramba said yesterday that under the PNG Games Charter, the host organising committee was responsible for settling bills incurred during the Games.
However, Yibmaramba said he would present the letter during the PNG Games Council meeting in Goroka, Eastern Higlands province, for deliberation.
In his letter, Yibmaramba noted that the PNG Games Council chairman Edris Kumbruhawah was informed about the situation and had advised the concerned parties to present their letters at the Goroka general council meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is to do a post-mortem of the fourth PNG Games that was in Port Moresby.
Central provincial administration community development adviser Jenny Vagi, who was in charge of Team Central, said some of the claims highlighted by school’s board and management were quite inaccurate in terms of security, blockage to the sewerage system and the discovery of condoms at the school.
Vagi denied claims that team members were drinking in the school premises and engaged in immoral activities.
She added that Team Central engaged their own security personnel to monitor the movement of players.
She also said that they had to engage plumbers to fix the sewerage system after discovering that it was blocked.
Yibmaramba made himself clear yesterday that the HOC for the fourth PNG Games should be responsible for bills incurred.
He added that Team Central had met their requirement by paying K150,000, through the Central provincial government to co-fund the hosting of the Games last year.