PLANS by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to demolish the Red House for the construction of a new Prime Minister’s official residence are a necessary step to preserve the dignity of this stately residence.
That’s according to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
It was responding to a statement by the Office of the Leader of Opposition seeking clarification from the Prime Minister about the cost of the proposed Prime Minister’s Official Residence project, the source of funding for its implementation and the building constructors to be involved.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government sees it necessary that new official residences are constructed for the Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice to accord them dignified residences befitting their status.
“The project will require a substantial funding allocation in order to ensure quality, however the costing details will be discussed and agreed on by relevant authorities before being factored into the national budget,” the statement stated.
It added whatever expense that is factored into the national budget will be no secret because the national budget has to be tabled in Parliament for approval before being implemented.
“As for the building constructors to be involved, the government will adhere to the normal government tender process to ensure a reputable construction firm is engaged.
“The government tender process has often been bypassed by some previous governments when giving out contracts but the current Sogavare-led DCC Government is determined not to entertain such corrupt practice,” the statement said.
It said this project is in line with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Corporate Plan that involves the construction of a new Prime Minister’s Office and new Prime Minister’s Official Residence.