CS welcomes new head

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CORRECTIONAL Services (CS) officially welcomed the 11th commissioner with a parade at Bomana in Port Moresby yesterday.
Stephen Pokanis, appointed by National Executive Council (NEC) last month, had prison commanding officers from throughout the provinces, CS Minister Chris Nangoi, Judge Panuel Mogish, family and his staff witness the event.
Nangoi said the appointment of Pokanis was based on merit as he was highly qualified and experienced and had served in CS for a long time.
“I am not the one appointed him, it was NEC who did the appointment through a very stringent process,” he said.
Pokanis said he would work with his officers to achieve their plan 2019 to 2022 to modernise CS.
“Working in unity is key to achieving this.”
“I want the working environment to be in a unity and harmony,” Pokanis said.
“My objective is to see higher performances, move with standards and start removing bad attitude in officers,” he said.
He said the department would not entertain liabilities and would start removing them.
“I want the working environment to be in a unity and harmony,” Pokanis said.
Nangoi urged the prison officers to support and help Pokanis while he held the office.


  • Congratulation commander! God I believe is leading all the timely appointments to bring back PNG and committing hearts to Him to show the rest of the world that only God can bring the desire of our hearts and successfully prosper

  • I hope with his appointment the days of double dipping and nepotism will be done away with. This department has suffered over the years with neglect with incompetent and underqualified officers being promoted and charged with the command of prisons that has seen the break down in the command and control structure in this department. I hope his appointment signifies the beginning of positive change in this department.

  • We hope that he will lead the organization to a new height and improve service delivery. Also address the issues in relation to the breakdown in command and control, and instil high discipline in his officers like he said. We hope to see a lot of improvement under his leadership in terms of prison management.

    Congratulations, Mr Pokanis.

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