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General News of Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

NPA rent controversy: We will move out – NPA

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) says it will comply with the Chief of Staff’s directive for the authority not to renew the $63,000 rent agreement for its current head office.

The Chief of Staff’s directive comes in the wake of raging public anger over the NPA’s decision to dole out $63,000 monthly as rent for the building.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the NPA, Yaro Kasambata, told Citi News the Authority plans to move into its own offices after the expiration of the rent at the current building.

He said the NPA will speed up work on their new office complex to enable them move out of their current building at East Legon.

He lamented over public perception that the NPA put no thought into renting a $63,000 a month office complex.

“We went through a certain process. We didn’t arrive at this arbitrarily as if Mr. Asaga [NPA CEO] started work and within a month, he forced us out of the place and we came to where we are,” he said.

The NPA’s PRO narrated that a team went round looking for a suitable office space and “Silver Star towers was $30 per square meter, SSNIT Emporium, which is a government building was going for $40 per square meter. The Millennium Heights $25 per square meter, but where we are now, we got it for $23 per square meter.”

Mr. Kasambata insisted the current office complex was not rented due to any relationship between Alex Mould; former NPA boss and the landlord.

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