A NEW rural lockup for Morobe province will be built at Zenag in Mumeng local level government in Bulolo district.
The lockup will cater for the Bulolo, Menyamya and Huon Gulf districts and can contain up to 150 detainees.
Bulolo district joint district planning and budget priorities committee (JDP&BPC) had approved a 15ha land for the lockup.
The lockup, to be called biacomb for grave in the local Bongno language, will be staffed with 20 Correctional Services officers.
Buimo jail commander Supt Samson Jaro visited the site last Friday accompanied by Sgt Major Elias Tulo, Bulolo MP Sam Basil and Mumeng LLG lands patrol officer Benson Waninara.
Supt Jaro said that the lockup would be for prisoners serving less than two years.
“Those who are committed for more will be sent to the central jail at Buimo,” he said.
Supt Jaro was advised by CS Minister Tony Aimo last Wednesday to meet with the Bulolo MP to identify and verify the space for the lockup.
The decision to have their own jail was welcomed by communities.
Mr Basil has ordered work to resume immediately.
He said with the population increasing to more than 100,000, social problems were also increasing.