$64m remain in Gov’t arrears

By Mike Puia

THE government’s total arear now stands at $64 million. In 2017, it was $138 million.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT), Harry Kuma, could not elaborate on what made government arrears reach $138 million.

Instead Mr Kuma said they hope these remaining arrears will be settled by mid this year.

When responding to questions, he said there is no payment arrear related to the Bloody Ridge land.

In fact, Kuma revealed most of these arrears are orders by the High Court.

Kuma however confirmed their Ministry and the Prime Minister’s office signed an agreement on the Hell’s Point waste land.

He did not disclose anything about the agreement.

Kuma said the Ministry of Lands and Housing Survey can provide information about land acquisition.

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