THE office of the National Strategic Plan task force, which put together the recently launched PNG Vision 2050, was ransacked on Monday night.
Disgruntled technical staff allegedly stole office equipment worth more than K50,000 and two office vehicles.
Six -Mile and Boroko police confirmed this yesterday when they were at the NSP task force office at the PNG Institute of Public Administration taking finger prints and carrying out forensic investigations.
Equipment that was removed included two desktop computers, two photocopiers, a Bizhub state of the art printer and an internet server.The incident occurred on Monday night between 8pm and 9pm.
The task force office is an entity of the Prime Minister’s department set up specifically to carry out consultation work in the 89 districts of the country to evaluate and monitor implementation
on the development plan launched last year.
It is alleged that officers involved in the robbery were unhappy research and technical staff who were trying to claim for payment for jobs that they allegedly did not carry out.
According to a senior NSP task force member, the disgruntled group were not entitled to any payment as they did not complete their work within a certain timeframe.
“They submitted invoices for work done by other consultants. They can’t be paid for that,” one task force member said.
An NSP task force officer, who did not want to be named, told The National yesterday that the names of the officers involved were with police.
Police are currently conducting investigations.
Police said security guards at the PNGIPA, who were on duty that night, were questioned and it was revealed that they had assisted the disgruntled workers load the office equipment into a vehicle.
They did not suspect any illegal activity as they were told that the NSP task force was moving offices.