The country’s Acting Chief Migration Officer aims to tackle corruption within the ICA by establishing complaints desks at its offices.
Speaking today, Robert Kennedy said these complaint desks are for both foreigners and Papua New Guineans to highlight claims including extortion, bribery allegations, and any discrepancies – the complaints desk aimed at holding every immigration officer accountable in their line of work.
The acting CMO aims to tackle issues of visa breach, tax evasion, passports, and other illegal activities by foreigners, robbing Papua New Guineas skilled citizens.
“There is so much abuse and corruption, visa fraud, passport delays, and genuine foreigners that have been unnecessarily deported, while convicted criminals have been allowed back into the country,” the Acting CMO said.
“All these issues continue to portray a bad image to the immigration system and it’s evident in public domain.”
Along with the complaint desks, a new special investigation task force team will also be assembled to investigate allegations raised against the immigration department.
The team will conduct nationwide investigations and inspections, to all provincial towns and rural areas.
He hopes that through this process, confidence can be given back to the citizens and genuine foreign investment and economic growth can be promoted.
By Benjamin Manimbi – EMTV News Cadet Journalist