K1.1 million paid to a security firm

A security firm was paid more than K1.1 million for services rendered to the National Housing Corporation (NHC) from 2008 to 2011. The payment came after a complaint was lodged with the Ombudsman Commission citing that NHC had unreasonably delayed payments for the services the security firm provided within the three years.

The complainant claimed that he had raised the matter with the NHC management on several occasions which included meetings and follow-ups but did not get a favourable outcome. This prompted him to lodge a complaint with the Commission.

The Commission raised the matter with NHC together with the Department of Finance and Treasury and the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG). During the course of its investigation, the Commission established that the complainant’s claim was unnecessarily delayed even after he produced the required documents.

After the Commission’s thorough investigation, a warrant with a cheque payment of K1, 133, 332.40 was raised and paid to the security firm.

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