THE National Department of Education, through the Office of National Libraries and Archives, will be forking out about K6million each year to cover the cost of a 20-man security guard manning only two libraries in Port Moresby.
The security firm, owned by an expatriate, was engaged to look after the premises of the National Library office at Waigani and at Hohola for a monthly rate of half a million kina which equates to K6 million on an annual basis.
This means the security guards will be paid an hourly rate of K7, an amount almost similar to those in the mining industry. Standard security guards in PNG are paid about K1.50 to K2 per hour.
But the Acting Director of the National Libraries and Archives, Jacob Havelawa said that amount quoted has been inflated and wants those raising the allegations to see him personally at his office before going out to the media with such outrageous allegations.
He however did not give any figures of the actual amount of the contract.
"They said I received a 10 per cent cut from that security services outsourcing," said Mr Havelawa.
"This is outrageous. They must come to my office and we will talk it over," he said.
A self-styled Millennium Governance Organisation alleged that there was no proper tendering process to engage the said security firm.
According to the Public Finance Management Act, procurement of any goods and services above K300,000 must be tendered. But the Millennium Good Governance Organisation alleged that this procurement process has not been followed because the contract was awarded secretly.
The PNG Millenium Governance Organisation called on Minister of Education James Marape and Education Secretary Dr. Joseph Pagelio to investigate this engagement and terminate it immediately to safeguard the public funds that have been committed.
The Education Secretary's office has confirmed receipt of the allegations raised by the PNG Millennium Governance Organisation and have initiated internal investigations to check whether the allegations have any substance.
Sunday Chronicle physical checked at the Waigani Library saw security guards in their orange coloured uniforms with both the flags of PNG and the owner's country sewn side by side.