Firm funds new Lae police station

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INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) has invested K505,000 into the Ahi Charitable Trust to build a second police station at Omili to cater for the Kamkumung community in Lae.
This is the second investment from ICTSI after investing K500,000 to build Malahang police station earlier this year.
NKW Holdings Limited deputy general manager Phillip Franklyn and chairman Levi Wartovo also donated two police vehicles earlier this year.
Police commissioner Gari Baki said Lae police were far better organised than the National Capital District under the leadership of Met Supt Anthony Wagambie Jr.
“I wish Port Moresby had such a police force,” Baki said.
Baki said the increase in sexual and domestic violence within families was a concern and he was pleased to see more police presence in the communities.
“We claim to be a Christian country instead we are skin Christians only to go for worship on Sundays but aren’t real Christians in our daily attitudes.”
Baki commended Minister for Lands and Physical Planning and Lae MP John Rosso and Wagambie Jr for pursuing a public-private-partnership initiative in working with ICTSI, Ahi Investment Ltd and various companies to support law and order in Lae.
A ground breaking ceremony was witnessed by Police Minister Bryan Kramer, chief executive of ICTSI South Pacific Anil Singh, ICTSI Foundation deputy director Filipina Laurena and ICTSI general manager George Gware.
Among the guests were Central Governor Robert Agarobe, ACP Northern commander Peter Guinness and Morobe provincial police commander Alex N’Drasal.
Baki said police was a service agency and needed support from government, companies and community.
“Police are there to serve the people and they must help police wherever possible,” Baki said.
The police commissioner said his department did not have enough funds to build modern policing facilities throughout the country and Lae was fortunate to have established strong working relationships with their corporate community.
“I wish all MPs take on the Lae model and try to involve businesses in their districts and provinces to help enforce law and order.”

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