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”It will cost billions to move”. According to Major Bjørn Vikås, the bill to move the Norwegain National Joint Headquarters (FOHK) from Stavanger to Bodø, and the Navy and Air Force training schools will be approximately two billion kroner. “A waste of money”, thinks the Officer’s union in Jåttå. Stavanger Aftenblad reports Vikås as saying that the various unions within the military have been informed that it will cost billions, but now the cost of both the operations will be double. “It’s completely incomprehensible to me how the military can squander a couple of billion kroner on building up a new facility as a replacement for one that already exists today”, he said.Not surprised

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”It will cost billions to move”

Published on Tuesday, 24th February, 2009 at 23:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th February 2009 at 11:22.

According to Major Bjørn Vikås, the bill to move the Norwegain National Joint Headquarters (FOHK) from Stavanger to Bodø, and the Navy and Air Force training schools will be approximately two billion kroner. “A waste of money”, thinks the Officer’s union in Jåttå.

JWC/FOHK Jåttå
JWC/FOHK Jåttå
Photo: Fellesoperativt hovedkvarter (FOHK) 1997


A huge increase in cost

Stavanger Aftenblad reports Vikås as saying that the various unions within the military have been informed that it will cost billions, but now the cost of both the operations will be double.

“It’s completely incomprehensible to me how the military can squander a couple of billion kroner on building up a new facility as a replacement for one that already exists today”, he said.

Not surprised

NRK reports that the union’s representatives are not astounded by the fact that it will cost this amount, however.

“This is the amount we thought it would cost from when the plans for moving were first raised”, Kurt Låbakk of the Norwegian Officer’s Union in Jåttå said.

He goes on to say that the Head of the Military’s financial study got its facts wrong from day one.

An abuse of public money

The Mayor of Stavanger, Leif Johan Sevland, isn’t surprised either, according to NRK.

“If the planned move goes ahead, people will turn against political decisions when they see that public money is misused like this”, he said.

He also thinks that there’s still time to turn back.

Duped

And Henning Skumsvoll, the Far Right’s (FrP) representative on Parliament’s Defence Committee demands that the Audit Office look into the matter.

“If the moving costs stay at two billion, Parliament has been misled”, he says.



Published on Tuesday, 24th February, 2009 at 23:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th February 2009 at 11:22.

This post has the following tags: nato, jwc, stavanger, military, cost.





  
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