January 07, 2022 - 543 views


The Central Provincial Administration says it awaits the PNG Fire Service to give its report on the what actually caused the fire, that engulfed a section of the administration headquarters building on Thursday (yesterday) morning. 

Speaking to FM100 News today, the acting Provincial Administrator for Central Province, Francis Koaba, indicates the report could be ready by next week. 

Unverified reports of the cause of the fire were revealed to FM100 News at the site of the damage, following the aftermath on Thursday, but Mr Koaboa says he will not speculate on these rumours until after recieveing the report.   

He however says damages of the building alone is estimated up to K2 milion. He says most of the buildings are very old, being built around in the 1960s. As for the contents within the respective divisons that were housed in the fire gutted section, he says divisional advisors and officers in charge will review, and revert with a detailed report on what was destroyed in the fire, which is believed to have started between 5 and 6 am yesterday. 

The divisions affected by the fire include, Human Resource, Internal Audit, Division of districts and local level governments, Health, Liquor Licensing Division, Works, and the cash pay out office of the provincial administration's Treasury office.

In terms of service delivery, Mr Koaba has admitted this will be affected, and they will be challenged on ensuring continuity of administration normalcy. He hopes by April or May, service delivery mechanisms can be back to normal. 

So far, he reveals that senior executives have met and discussed options to house the affected divisions. In the meantime, the affected divisions are expected to be re-accommodated within the existing operational divisions that have bigger spaces, until such a time. 

Meanwhile, Mr Koaba further says he's unsure if the burnt down building had been insured. He only came into office in 2019, but he's optimistic that in terms of good practice, previous leaders had gotten the provincial administration buildings at Konedobu insured.


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