8 Nov 2002

PNG ombudsman's office locked over rent arrears

4:23 pm on 8 November 2002

The Ombudsman Commission in Papua New Guinea has been locked out of its offices because of non-payment of more than 206-thousand US dollars in rent.

Commission staff, who occupied three floors of the Deloitte Tower in Port Moresby were moved out of their offices.

The commission moved into the highrise building in September for security reasons and to offer members of the public better access to their offices.

The installation of security systems and renovations cost nearly 550-thousand dollars.

The managers of the building say the commission owed nearly 300-thousand dollars since December 2001 but had paid part of the debt this week.