INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services has inaugurated the new police station in Lae, through its Papua New Guinea unit, ICTSI South Pacific and its corporate citizenship arm, the ICTSI Foundation.
The US$149,000 facility, the second to be donated after the police station in Malahang in February, is part of ICTSI South Pacific’s efforts to help improve the law and order situation across communities in Lae.
Measuring 172 square metres, the new Omili Police Station is complete with work stations, separate cell blocks for male, female and juvenile offenders, two toilets, an armory room, interview room and a kitchen.
“This project is an example of a good public-private partnership initiative,” George Gware, South Pacific International Container Terminal general manager, said.
“It is our contribution to the sustainable development goals for our impacted communities–particularly to achieve peace, justice, and strong institutions. We, along with entire community, share the responsibility to ensure that the basic tenets of progress can be sustained.”
The Hon. John Rosso, Lae Member of Parliament and Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, was present during the inauguration and expressed his gratitude for the two police station donations, which he described as pivotal to the government’s law and order campaign in the community.
ICTSI’s extending of assistance to the Papuan police force forms part of the company’s firm commitment towards promoting peace and order, said Anil Singh, ICTSI South Pacific’s CEO.
“Law and order is a shared responsibility. These donations are our tokens of commitment to the people of Lae,” he said.
Filipina Laurena, ICTSI Foundation deputy executive director, added, “The two police stations in PNG are the highlights of the Foundation’s initiatives for 2019. We understand the importance of these facilities to the safety of the respective communities, and pledge our continuing support for the law and order initiatives in Lae”.