by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil says mismanagement of funds including awarding contracts to contractors who don’t have the capacity to build homes has caused delays in building more Police housing around the country.
“Papua New Guinea government has invested more into the Police force in the last two and a half years than any other government,” said Prime minister O’Neill.
The Prime Minister has backed calls made by Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa for the Police Commissioner to provide a report to the department, so that an investigation can be initiated to find how funds have been spent.
Last week, Police Minister Atiyafa said he is still waiting for a report from the Police Commissioner to initiate investigations into the contractors involved and how money has been spent.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill explains that the Government funding hasn’t been implemented well enough to reach Government goals of improving the Police.
In some places contractors are the issue because they gave contracts to people who didn’t have the capacity, the standards are very poor and of course some miss management has taken place,” said Prime Minister O’Neill.
The O’Neill-Dion Government on many occasions has promoted Papua New Guinea as an investment destination.
In the governments bid to invite investor, it has allocated millions of kina to improve the state of the PNG Royal Constabulary.
But, Police continue to live poor housing. These pictures show the incomplete K2.5 million Bumbu Police housing project that began in 2012, left incomplete.
In Madang, Police families’ continue to live in squalid conditions where the houses are crumbling away as they use their own money to maintain them.