26 Jan 2005

PNG police need millions to brings barracks and offices up to acceptable standards

4:58 pm on 26 January 2005

Papua New Guinea police need about 150 million US dollars to improve housing and barracks around the country.

The National newspaper reports that Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba, made the comment and added that it is money the department does not have.

Mr Inguba was speaking during the press conference where Anglimp/Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham handed over a cheque 32 thousand US dollars to go towards the upgrading of the electorate's Minj police barracks.

The barracks were condemned as unfit for human habitation by health authorities and ordered closed by the District court two weeks ago.

Mr Inguba told the media that barracks in Mt Hagen, Popondetta, Wewak, Manus, West New Britain, Madang and Chimbu, and housing for the Kerowagi mobile police, are in a similar state.

He says the money for the Minj barracks will be put in trust while additional funding is sought from government or donor agencies.