Uni gets K14mil for new staff houses, renovation

Education

By JUNIOR UKAHA
THE Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) management is looking at renovating and building new staff houses.
The university told its staff to cooperate when the project starts.
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Pongie Kichawen told staff at a meeting on Jan 27 that the Government had already approved K14 million public investment programme (PIP) funding for renovation and building of new staff houses.
He said once the funding is received, work was expected to begin next month, after completion of student dormitories, offices, classrooms and lecture halls.
Kichawen said staff living in deteriorating accommodation must be prepared to move to new locations to allow renovation. “Notices will be issued for families to immediately vacate their current homes,” he said.
“They should not give excuses to remain.
“The management has been tasked to address a lot of things stated in the 26 recommendations in the external audit report within the limited time given.”
Kichawen said the university planned to build standalone houses under a different PIP funding arrangement as well.
“For the betterment of this university, the management expects staff to perform effectively and deliver on time so that the university continues to progress,” he said.
“Therefore, I urge staff to always inform their families on the developments currently taking place so that everyone should support the university in these developments.”

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