After 40 years of voluntary service in communities’ throughout Papua New Guinea, Village Court Officials will now be remunerated as part of the Justice Sector.
This was announced by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, when launching the GoPNG Payroll System in Port Moresby today.
Through this system, allowances will be paid directly to their bank accounts.
The new payroll system will now benefit over 17,000 village court officials, nationwide.
Attorney General and Justice Minister Kerenga Kua, said village court officials play a vital role in rural communities, and the O’Neill-Dion Government has played a decisive role to repay their efforts.
Minister Kua added that, salary will be accrued fortnightly but will be paid monthly due to the remoteness of most village court officials throughout the country. This will also save time and effort for court officials, to access their allowance over a period of time.
Meanwhile, only a handful of provinces are yet to submit their details. These include Central, Milne Bay, Oro, East and West New Britain, Manus, Eastern Highlands, Hela and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Before launching the payroll system, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said, this initiative is to empower government officers, to work in rural settings and deliver services. This is in line with Government’s policy to empower services down to PNG communities.
Mr O’Neill added that, funding will come under the Village Court Function Grants which stands at K8.2 million, and is sufficient to cater for land mediators’ as well.
Southern Highlands and Chimbu Province will be the first 2 provinces to use the system.
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