Acts of thievery and corruption at the National Housing Corporation (NHC) must stop and will stop, Managing Director, Mr. Henry Mokono has warned.
Cleansing, prosecution and restoration of public confidence in the NHC as a national treasure has begun in National Capital and will apply nationwide.
Mr. Mokono whose contract of employment was confirmed by Government at the Government House last Wednesday – October 27, 2021 for another four years issued the warning when addressing 48 tenants mostly public servants and their families at the NHC hostel at Hohola (Section 16 Lots 13-16), National Capital District this morning.
“All illegal sales and whatever that happened previously under suspicious circumstance will be nullified.
“There will be no more such deals under my watch. We will start the clean up here in Port Moresby and the same will apply across the country.
“All these acts of thievery and corruption will stop …,” Mr. Mokono told a jubilant crowd of men, women and children who reside in this Government property (in Hohola) which property recently has been subject to rivalry and disputes between “private hands” including reports of a Chinese purchase of the property for K500,000.
“There is no sale of this land or property whatsoever. Whatever (purported) sale that happened previously is now cancelled by me in entirety. I will talk to the Lands Secretary and the Registrar of Titles to withdraw and nullify everything that is to do with this (Hohola NHC) property and land. This land belongs to the National Housing Corporation and is State property”, Mokono said.
In the formative days, NHC was at its pinnacle servings its true purpose among others: –
(a) to improve housing conditions; and
(b) to provide adequate and suitable housing for letting to eligible persons; and
(c) to sell houses to eligible persons; and
(d) to make advances to eligible persons and approved applicants to enable them to become the owners of their own homes; and
(e) to develop physically residential land by way of providing adequate services for human settlements; and;
(f) to provide adequate and suitable housing by way of sale or lease to approved applicants.
Sadly, over last two decades, thievery, greed, corruption, and all that ramify the art of devil has crept in and gripped on, asphyxiating NHC to its knees.
Mokono is now at the helm to see NHC out of the pit of hell.
He is tough on this:
– all NHC properties and land sold to private interests from 2017 to current would also go under scrutiny to verify if these State properties were legally sold. If found to be fraudulent, all land titles will be revoked and attained by the State through the NHC as its agency.
– there will be no short cuts in the processing of titles
– the NHC staff both former and current who are implicated on these fraudulent deals will be criminal charged and prosecuted, with the involvement of the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Unit of the Police Department.