By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Telefomin District in West Sepik province is addressing law and order issues by establishing police stations and houses in the district.
The rural crime rate has increased significantly, but Telefomin MP, Solar Mirisim, says this effort is to boost and put police presence in the area.
Finance Minister, James Marape, flew into Telefomin to open the new facilities this week.
Three police houses were also built and at the cost of K1 million funding by the district. The Police Station will also cover the border areas with neighbor country, Indonesia.
Finance Minister, James Marape, said the government is funding millions to the law and justice sector and rural policing is crucial for all districts.
“Police presence in rural areas is vital to allow government services reach the people,” Marape said.
The opening of the police establishment also coincided with the launching of the new uniforms for the District Development Authority members and the Digicel Internet connectivity services for the district where all the divisions will have free internet services for the next 12 months.
Local MP, Solan Mirisim, said the development challenges for his district are difficult but gradually the district was changing and for the first time they have a new police station.
He said added that over the next few months he would also build a new court house and a Correctional Service centre by 2017 where the convicts will be help to serve their term.