Contractors Angry PNG Executive Council Won’t Pay Them

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NEC declares Port Moresby school projects illegally proceeded

By Nellie Setepano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 18, 2015) – Very angry education service providers in the National Capital District want the National Executive Council to review its decision on their settlements claims worth millions of kina on work done during the past eight years.

The NEC had advised that the entire settlement claims by the contractors, in the millions of kina, was illegal and had also directed the Education Department to consult with city hall to ensure unfinished school projects were completed through proper procurement procedures.

The blanket decision by NEC did not go down well with contractors who gathered outside the Education Department head office at Waigani yesterday to claim that the NEC was ill-advised by Education to reach the decision that their entire settlement claims were illegal.

They said that if NEC had made that decision then it would mean that all their school infrastructure projects, including work done to the Office of Library and Archives, were are also illegal and must be removed.

They wanted a review decision by the end of the week otherwise they would pull down or shut infrastructure in many schools in Port Moresby and the Office of National Library and Archives.

There are three groups of contractors claiming settlement claims: the NCD 2007-2009 RESI (rehabilitation education sector infrastructure) outstanding; the national library and archives (2012) and the 2012 RESI.

Spokesmen for the groups, who did not want to be named, claimed they had gone through right procedures, especially through the RESI program to build infrastructure.

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