A NEW mobile police barracks will be built at Ganigle section of the Highlands Highway in Kerowagi, Simbu province.
It was commissioned over the weekend.
The project was initiated by Kerowagi MP Guma Wau with Southern Highlands Governor Anderson Agiru performing the groundbreaking in front of a massive ground.
The police barracks will be constructed at the cost of K10 million from the Kerowagi joint district budget and priority committee (JDBPC).
Mr Agiru, whilst acknowledging the honour accorded to him, presented K20,000 towards the event and pledged to further assist the people of Kerowagi, including a commitment to donate computers to Kerowagi and Kondiu secondary schools.
He said to maintain law and order in the country was everyone’s duty and not the police alone.
Mr Agiru said the government invested a lot of money in agriculture, education and law and order, hence, all parliamentarians and public servants must work together to deliver services to the people.
He said tribal fights stopped peace and unity and caused massive destruction and loss of lives.
“The construction of the new police barracks is a major infrastructure project,” Mr Agiru said.
Mr Wau pledged to make Kerowagi become a model town.
“We are looking forward do more in the district,” he said.
“I call on the people to refrain from bad habits and be ready to accept changes.
“PNG is moving, so Kerowagi should not wait, but move along as well.”
Police deputy commissioner Tom Kulunga thanked Mr Wau for the project, saying the National Government had allocated K50 million to fix deteriorating police infrastructure nationwide.
He told the people that Ganigle was a known “battle field” and the presence of the police barracks would help to eradicate this.
Mr Kulunga urged the people not to engage in tribal fights, saying there was no winner, and the people must live together in peace.
Mr Agiru also opened the Ganigle food processing project.
Pigs were presented to Mr Agiru and Livestock Development Corporation managing director John Akipe, while Mr Wau received a goat.
Other important dignitaries included Simbu Governor Fr John Garia, North Waghi MP Benzamin Mul, Karamui-Nomane MP Posi Menai, Mendi MP Pastor Isaac Joseph, Finance secretary Gabriel Yer, assistant police commissioner (logistics) Joab Mangae and Simbu police commander Supt Joseph Tondop.