Finally, there is government acknowledgment of the corruption and disarray in the National Housing Corporation.
Since taking office, Housing Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has exposed what the organization looks like from the inside. Its physical state is an absolute mess and a national embarrassment of the highest order.
The suggestion box should have been named: ‘Buai spet box’ and the NHC office should have been renamed: ‘Ofis blo kekemanmeri.’
The NHC has absolutely nothing to be proud of. Its officers have been a waste of taxpayers money. My taxes and your taxes went to pay a horde that ate from the corruption. Our taxes paid for their power and the hired vehicles paid to their cronies.
The NHC officers and management fed off the corruption and the illegal sales of properties. They are partly responsible for the deaths of elderly men and women who lost their homes soon after being evicted.
These heartless crooks continued their activities unabated for years until we began exposing their activities in Lae and Port Moresby. Some of their senior officers shamelessly offered money to their victims to move out of the homes that were being sold – some to foreigners.
The organization had and still has no asset registry. In short, they don’t know how many houses they actually own.
While the rest of the country moved into the 21st century, the National Housing Corporation remained in the 1960s with a severely deficient, outdated manual filing system desperately begging for a major IT overhaul.
Titles were stolen, reproduced and sold.
While property rentals and prices rose… and rose… and rose… over 30 years, the NHC remained oblivious to its mission to provide affordable housing to Papua New Guineans. This government agency is responsible for the high rentals and unaffordable cost of living because it could have done something but it didn’t.
The previous minsters who owned the problem had no political will to seize the bull by the horns and wrestle it to the ground.