Jumat, 25 Juli 2008

K20m earmarked for PNG border post upgrade

GOVERNMENT offices dealing with the border operations yesterday advised project documentations for major works and other supporting infrastructure on Papua New Guinea’s three domestic land borders have already been submitted.
This is PNG’s borders with Indonesia, Australia and Solomon Islands and that border posts to be funded under the K20 million earmarked for border development this year has been submitted to the secretary for Treasury early this month.
Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), Police, PNGDF and the National Intelligence Organisations inlcusing Foreign Affairs and Provincial and Local Government Affairs have papers pertaining to border operations already with the repsonisble aithorities.
The other offices could not detail the necessities of their papers but the Provincial and Local Government office had their papers on infrastructural projects especially for a fully pledged PNG/Solomon Islands border post to be established in Buin at a cost of K7 million, a major office complex including all other support facilities for K3.7 million at Wutung border post in the Sandaun Province and similar facilities were also proposed for the South Fly border post in the Western Province costing K2.7 million, while the PNG/Australia border along the Torres Strait will see major improvements to services delivery facilities like health, law and order and education costing just more than K800,000.
These entire major works program and improvements amount to more than K14 million which is expected to be funded under the K20 million promised by the government.
These border posts will be fully staffed and operational to have personnel from police, PNGDF, Customs, Immigrations, Quarantine, NIO and the Provincial and Local Government Affairs Department.
The border development has now come under the microscope once again by concerned authorities after recent media reports revealed that deteriorating state of all infrastructure at three of PNG’s domestic land borders, a status quo that is among the main reasons for frequent border incursions into the PNG side of the border by Indonesian soldiers.

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