THE Engineering department of Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) was forced to leave its office at Hyundai Mall last week due to rental arrears since last year.
The Ministry has already secured Melanesian Haus close to Iron Bottom Sound to accommodate these government offices.
Island Sun tried to contract MID permanent secretary Stephen Maesiola but his mobile was switched off last night.
However, a senior officer in MID said the ministry was behind payments of rental because the budget is still to be passed.
MID is allocated fifty four million, eight hundred and sixty four million, five hundred and fifteen thousand ($54,864,515) under the Recurrent Budget of the 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021 to meet its expenses.
While one hundred million ($100,000,000) in the Development Budget estimate.
Attempts to talk with owner of Hyundai Mall was unsuccessful.