Allegedly closed due to non-payment of rental

The Kitpeng building at Waigani, which houses the department of local and provincial government as well as the National Disaster Office, was on lockdown this morning, allegedly due to non-payment of outstanding rental.

This newsroom was on site and found the building locked with no officers in sight.

The National Disaster Office director, Martin Mose, would not comment on this matter when contacted.

Concerns are being raised by the public on the status of the office, especially in a time of disaster.

There is no clear indication on whether the office will be opened or when the matter will be dealt with.

This is not the first time the building has been closed.

In August 2016, the building was locked due to non-payment of rental.

Imelda Wavik