Sunday, April 4, 2010
LJSP funds houses for senior PNG police officers
By BUSTIN ANZU
Papua New Guinea Police has appreciated the role of the Law Justice Sector Programme (LJSP) in funding houses for senior police officers throughout the country.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Administration Tom Kulunga, while receiving the keys to a new house at Bumbu Police Barracks in Lae, thanked LJSP for helping to reduce the burden of searching for houses.
"Housing is one of the problems within the Police Force and the department is doing its very best to address it. The Sector (LJSP) has been very kind to us by building such houses for our officers," he said.
Kulunga, in company of ACP Joab Mangae (Logistics) and Giossi Labi (Momase), Morobe Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Peter Guinness and other Lae officers, received the keys from Jacob Bernard Jarme, managing director of JBJ Enterprises, the contractor who was tasked to construct the house.
The police chief said LJSP is also funding the building of seven other similar houses throughout the country.
Last year, the National Government released K50m for police housing around the country. Houses like Wau (Morobe), Popondetta (Oro), Milne Bay and Mount Hagen were part of that package but that was still not enough. Police barracks throughout the country need similar funding for their setups.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki, DCP Kulunga and ACPs Labi, Mangae and PPC Guinness previously travelled to Wau to inspect the houses and were impressed with the buildings for Wau police.
The keys were later handed over to Labi who forwarded it to OIC Barracks Policewoman Inspector Pauline Siaguru, who will be the tenant.
Labi said the constabulary is an advocate of equal employment opportunity and since Siaguru is the only female officer and in charge of the barracks, she will occupy the house, which was initially designed for provincial police commanders.
Contractor Jarme said the construction of the H65 house took his company 12 weeks to complete which was within the time frame and was built at a cost of K250,000 with funds made available by the Law Justice Sector Program.