20 Sep 2017

PNG govt departments locked out due to unpaid rent

From , 5:04 am on 20 September 2017

Several government departments in Papua New Guinea have been locked out of their offices because of unpaid rent.

In some cases the government hasn't paid rent for months.

The doors to offices including the Ombudsman and the Treasury were last week chained and padlocked shut, with landlords saying the government owes more than $US306,000 in rent.

The government says a looming supplementary budget will address the issue, insisting it's doing its best to catch up.

But Paul Barker, from the PNG Institute of National Affairs, told Jamie Tahana it points to deeper problems in the government's books.

Letter notifying government of rent money owed

Letter notifying government of rent money owed Photo: twitter