The National, Tuesday 22nd January, 2013
NEW homes costing about K2.5 million will be built for police officers at the Bumbu barracks and the Correctional Services single female dormitory in Lae, Morobe.
This followed a memorandum of understanding signed between Lae MP Loujaya Toni and Hardware Haus through its subsidiary company, KwikBuilt Homes Ltd, on Jan 11.
Toni said she had chosen KwikBuilt for the project because it had approached her and wanted to partner with her in Lae’s development.
|Toni announces project details yesterday flanked by McGuiness (right) and KwikBuilt national sales manager Colin Vaname at Hardware Haus, Waigani.-Nationalpic by MALUM NALU|
KwikBuilt will build a 20-bed medical facility for Buimo jail, a 40-bed female duplex for female warders, a duplex for senior officers, a gymnasium, a 20-man dormitory for Bumbu police barracks and a 40-bed dormitory for nurses at Angau Memorial Hospital.
Company chief executive officer Richard McGuiness said they would build a public library and toilet for the city.
Toni has instructed the company to complete the projects by March.
The MoU is a five-year agreement with other developments expected in the future.
An initial K2.5 million has been earmarked for the projects, with payments made when the agreement was signed.
Toni has chipped in K1 million, with Police Minister Nixon Duban pledging another K1 million and Correctional Services Minister Jim Simatab committing K600,000 for the Buimo prison upgrade.
“I want to utilise Lae-based companies. We have to partner by way of a memorandum of understanding,” she said.
“It’s all about partnerships. Companies have to knock on my door. Half of them are not, they are in their own little world,” she said.
McGuiness said they had the expertise and the capability and would deliver the projects.
“We have to do something now, we can’t wait,” he said.
He said the announcement of the project was a refreshing and the company was excited about the projects.
The company said as part of its community service obligation it would employ six young prisoners to work with KwikBuilt homes.
He said they would train and equip them with the necessary skills to become useful citizens later on in life.