By Martha Louis – EM TV News, Lae
Families of police men and women living at the houses at Lae’s Bumbu Police Barracks are raising concerns over the state of the houses they are living in.
They have been living in these houses for more than 5 years with little renovation being done.
Some of the families have had to connect electricity to their houses themselves.
Elizabeth Kiade lives with her husband and their five children at their house at the Lae Police Barracks, since 2014, when her husband was transferred to Lae from Bulolo.
She said the house they moved into was already damaged and in a bad condition.
The windows and walls are broken, laundry sinks leaking, and the ablution block was not fit for use.
The family is slowly renovating the house at their own expense. They have already fixed the broken windows and are planning to get the walls and the toilet fixed soon.
But, the family is questioning whether the police department will refund the money.
Most of the families are hoping that the seven incomplete duplexes would be finished on time, so they can move in.
But for now, they are not sure when this will happen.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has assured Lae Police officers to have those houses completed on time to accommodate them.
The houses at the Lae Bumbu Police Barracks were built in the early 1960s.
Since that time, there has been no maintenance work carried out on any of those houses.