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Opposition query relocation of MRD office

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has raised serious concerns over the relocation of the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) office to Ranadi.

In a statement today, the Opposition Group says the building is understood to be owned by Chengs Construction Company at the Ranadi industrial site, which is a motel.

According to information gathered, it is understood that the rental has doubled the monthly rent at the old SMI building.

“Why do the Minister and the PS choose to relocate the office to Ranadi? The location is not only inconvenient but it is also an industrial area not fitting for a Government office to be located,” the statement said.

The statement says the relocation and rental deal between MRD and Chengs is not only highly suspicious but it also defies economic sense.

“The Minister responsible must explain why they have discontinued the lease for the SMI building and have chosen out of all other locations to relocate to an Asian owned motel at a very high cost, and at such an unusual location for a government office,” it said.