The National, Friday 14th of February, 2014
POLICE Minister Nixon Duban has been welcomed back at the police headquarters in Port Moresby after he was reinstated in the post.
Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga congratulated Duban for his win in the Madang Open by-election.
Kulunga briefed Duban about the progress of the modernisation programme which he launched early last year.
“We made some progress from when you left and have worked in three areas in the country – Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen,” Kulunga said.
Kulunga said the programme would reach Rabaul and Goroka and then Madang, Wewak and Kimbe.
“In terms of issuing uniforms and vehicles, and regarding housing for new recruits, we were unable to secure house for most of them so they were all posted to other centres,” Kulunga said.
Kulunga said new police housing had already started in the National Capital District, Bumbu barracks in Lae and in Mt Hagen.
Duban assured Kulunga that he would work closely with him.
“Since you have taken the force to a new level, and with minor changes of people, I want a good environment of confidence and trust in the work we do,” Duban said.
“I know we have issues at the political level and I am appealing to the members Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary not to bow to the pressures of politics.”
He said it was a culture which would be around for a while but the force must be strong to overcome it.