GOV’T GIVES K130M TO COMPLETE COURT HOUSE
The Government has enabled the completion of the new National Court Complex by 2022 at Waigani with much-needed funding of K130 million.
Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey today presented a dummy cheque of K130 million to Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika.
The National Court Complex, which has been under construction since May 2017, was scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Treasurer Ling-Stuckey said when completed, the building would be another iconic structure like the National Parliament.
On behalf of the Marape-Basil Government, I am pleased to officiate at today’s presentation and contribute towards the tireless efforts by the National Judiciary to complete our National Court complex.
Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, Justice Gavara Nanu, Justice Elenas Batari and Secretary Jack Kariko were present as well to witness the cheque presentation ceremony.
He, in a media statement, confirmed that K325 million has already been spent on the K470 worth million structure.
The expenditure, he said, represents about 69% of the project, adding the balance would funded by the Marape Government.
Ling-stuckey assured the third arm of government, that both the Treasury and Departments of Finance would continue to support this Signature project.
Another K50 million, he said, has been allocated in 2022, for refurbishment of the original court house buildings.
His last visit to the construction site on 29 October 2020, when the building contract was in arrears, culminated into the cheque presentation.
Treasurer said he had discussed how the government could look for workable options, to find the remaining funding required to complete this important national project.