Minister for Police, Hon. Bryan Kramer has announced yesterday that providing police housing will be a priority of the Marape Steven Government.
Minister Kramer’s office has already commenced discussions with the Chairman of country’s largest superannuation fund Nambawan Super, Anthony Smare, on developing a strategy in partnership with Government to address Police Housing.
Smare explained that Nambawan Super have plans to a build a 3,000 plus home housing estate at 9 mile, a project that Smare hopes the Government will buy into, providing some 1,000 plus houses to members of the Police Force and their families.
In addition to the Government housing component, Minister Kramer and Smare discussed establishing a Police home ownership scheme where officers who have served over 10 to 15 years will quality for a home ownership scheme at cost.
Last week Minister Kramer took the initiative to look into the incomplete 150 Police Housing Project at Bomana project. He will also look at cooperate tax credit schemes to start building police housing around the country.
Minister Kramer also stated “On 8th July 2019 I will be officiating the opening of Gusap Police Housing Project in Ramu. A project funded by New Britain Palm Oil Ltd under a tax credit scheme. The company built 14 x 3 bedroom houses, 2 x 12 single man quarters, 1 x Administration building, Armory, Heli-pad and backup power at a total cost of just K4.6 million”.
“My office will look at the duplicating similar projects in other provinces as well as upgrading existing police houses that are in disrepair. While it will a priority of the Marape Steven Government to improve the welfare of our 7000 plus Police Force members, they will also be expected to clean up or be terminated”.