After a long three decades of waiting, the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASAPNG) Wilson Sagati is the latest recipient of a housing title.
Sagati received his title after fully settling his balance of K182,000 from the offered price of K251,000 by the former acting CEO Ditha Morris Nayabbanung.
“I have been waiting for this day since I first got employed with Department of Civil Aviation in in 1976 as a recruit air traffic controller,” a delighted Sagati said, while receiving his title from National Housing Corporation Managing Director Elizabeth Bowada.
Sagati first moved to the property at Konedobu, section 51 allotment 123 in 1988 and commenced rental payment of K23.00 after vacating his former house located at the old aerodrome at Seven Mile next to the Jackson Internal Airport.
Mr Sagati rose up the ranks and achieved all his personal ambitions and the ultimate goal to become the current CEO of CASA, while his children have all successfully graduated from higher learning institution and moved on in life.
However, for the Enang Island man from New Ireland, he’ s burning desire to own a home remained deep within him for all these years.
In 2013, Mr Sagati made the first serious move to buy the property with an expressed interest when the property was valued then at K251, 982. 50 during the administration of Managing Director Tarcissius Muganaua.
The matter dragged on for another seven years without any end in sight despite the toil and persistence of Sagati. The ensuing management changed hands did not provide any relief for the New Irelander.
“At last the monkey is off my back,” said Sagati while struggling to contain his feelings.
“I am extremely satisfied that Mr Sagati’s outstanding problem has been finally resolved and delivered during my time as head of the organization,” Ms Bowada said.
The Milne Bay woman has maintained her resolve to deliver titles to all sitting tenants during her tenure to ease the burden on Papua New Guineans who are struggling to own houses and empower themselves.
Ms Bowada also added that managing old housing stock will remain a recurrent task but more priority and resources must be directed to new housing ventures to ease the current shortage of housing for public servants, including all citizens that deserve shelter and can be assisted through funds under the “first time home owner scheme” offered by commercial banks.