By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
As part of the way forward for correctional services this year, Papua New Guinea will see the opening of five new correctional institutions: Hawa in Hela Province, Bundaira in Gulf, Bougainville, Western and Jiwaka Province.
This will also include the relocation of Manus, Kavieng and Sandaun correctional institutions to new locations, due to town expansion programs.
Correctional Service has a strong commitment to see the completion of Finschafen, Moreguina and Misima Rural lock-ups, and the commencement of Bulolo, Pangia, Baiya and Pomio rural lock-up projects.
For Enga Province, dialogue is still underway to commence the Mukurumanda Correctional Institution.
Correctional Services Minister, Jim Simatab, has urged the institute to prioritise on their spending, a key department policy directive for 2015.
In 2014, the government directed the correctional services to review the National Prison System, and the department’s institutional structure and legislative framework, with the aim of modernising the organisation.
Correctional Service institutions around the country will go through a major organisational restructure where Commissioner Waipo is embarking to see changes in the operations and mindset of CS personnel, and better attitudes towards work ethics in all staff around the country in 2015.