The new police barracks at Gusap in Ramu marks the beginning of bringing police back into the district level, says Acting Commissioner of Police Francis Tokura.
Acting Commissioner Tokura made this statement during the official opening of the K4.6 million police barracks funded by New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) under its tax credit scheme, opened at Gusap in Ramu, Madang on Thursday 18 July 2019.
The barracks has a capacity to house up to 80 police officers, boasts a double classroom, an administration block, an armory and a helipad.
Mr Tokura said that in order to meet the Marape-Steven government vision to become a rich black Christian nation, the RPNGC as a government organisation can achieve this by providing a peaceful, safe and secure environment.
He said the wonderful initiative taken by NBPOL in building this barracks under the tax credit scheme will enable the RPNGC to achieve its objectives in maintaining police presence at the district level.
“Without law and order at district levels, people will continue to migrate into urban centres thus, placing more strain on the already limited government services, employment, and business opportunities available in these areas. Without law and order at district levels, there will be no real tangible development and no opportunity for economic activities to take root and grow,” Mr Tokura said.
In addition, NBPOL Chief Executive Officer Mr Jamie Graham said the barracks at Gusap is an example of how the tax credit scheme can work successfully in the spirit of public, private partnership.
Mr Graham said NBPOL will continue to deliver such projects where the company operates from, as law and order is key for economic growth.
Acting Commissioner Tokura thanked NBPOL for the wonderful initiative and acknowledged its continued support to law & order in Morobe and other parts of the country.
“I am urging policemen and women who will be occupying this barracks to look after it,” Acting Commissioner Tokura said, adding that police will do its best to make sure that services are delivered at the district level.