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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 18, 1999 – The National)---The University of Papua New Guinea is selling its off-campus houses to reduce costs and kick-start a home construction and ownership plan for staff, officials said this week.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Development) Andrew Kavana said in a statement that tender documents were being prepared for the sale.

The school said the project would begin in two months, after approval from the relevant authorities.

Kavana said the project will involve the sale of over 80 off-campus houses to fund the home ownership plan.

"Our staff has been waiting for the home ownership scheme for a long time," he said.

Kavana, chairman of the planning committee, said the development of land for the houses, to be located in the Gerehu area, should start in January 2000, using proceeds from the sales.

Expressing concern over the lack of maintenance of UPNG housing both on and off campus, Kavana noted that the problem was partly due to the budget cuts experienced by the University.

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