K800,000 to boost ethnic clash operations

A total of K800,000 was put in to help police operation into the ethnic clash between Western Highlanders and Sepiks in Madang.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Member for Madang Nixon Duban has given K400,000 to assist Police operation during this one-month period while the Madang Provincial Administration jointly funded another K400,000.

Madang Open project inspector Semus Taki says the Madang provincial assembly of law and order committee, led by Madang provincial police commander Superintendent Jacob Singura, sat last Saturday evening and passed the resolution to bring in Mobile squad 15 and 13 to help the local police.

Taki says the money will be used for hire cars and accommodation for the police officers involved in the one-month operation, which started on April 10 and will end in May 10.

He urged the officers to do their work without fear or favour and protect the rule of law.

Meantime, Madang Provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi said the provincial administration has taken into consideration the lives of Madang residents and funded the police operation to ensure peace and justice prevails.

Aloi says the money will go towards the allowance of the police officers while the K400,000 from the Madang District Development Authority will go towards logistic and accommodation.

He says the total funding of K800,000 will run for one month.

Aloi urged other MPs to assist with funding as well.

Reuben Tabel