CS Commissioner Waipo: Developments Will Continue

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Correctional Services (CS) Commissioner, Michael Waipo, says infrastructure development in Misima, Milne Bay will continue, along with the relocation of rural lock up centres in West Sepik, Manus and New Ireland provinces.

Waipo made the announcement this morning, following his reinstatement as CS Commissioner by the Waigani National Court last Thursday.

The rural lock up initiative and the relocation of selected correctional centres in Papua New Guinea were two areas of focus that Commissioner Waipo anticipated on developing upon his appointment in 2014.

However, because of his revocation in February following a National Executive Council decision to appoint Bernard Nepo as Commissioner, work on these initiatives was slow.

This morning, Waipo assured the media that although these projects are few months behind schedule, work will still continue.

Waipo was terminated as CS Commissioner on February 9 this year.

The matter was taken to court and a Supreme Court decision stayed Waipo’s suspension after the court found that the manner in which he was terminated was in breach of the Public Service Management Act.

On this same ground, the National Court last Thursday restored Waipo to his post as Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Waipo has called on all CS officers in Papua New Guinea to perform their duties accordingly as he will be working closely with CS Minister, Jim Simatab, and the government to serve the department.

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