Maipakai asks for CS office for Gulf

Kikori MP, Mark Maipakai, has asked the Government to undertake the establishment of a Correctional Services office in Gulf Province under the Tax Credit Scheme.

Maipakai asked Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to give an undertaking to assist in the establishment of the CS office.

He said the Tax Credit Scheme has been used for other projects in Port Moresby but not in Gulf.

“I’m growing grey hair on the issue of raising in this chamber on a very simple issue. I’ve been here advocating on an establishment of a Correctional Service for my Province Mr Prime Minister. Since Independence, Gulf Province has never had one Correctional Service establishment.

He further stated, “so can you guarantee my people in this House that you’ll make the undertaking to fund the Kerema Correctional Service under the Tax Credit (Scheme)?”  Maipakai asked.

O’Neill made it a point to highlight projects he says have taken place in the absence of Maipakai in the Province.

He said rural lock-up was a priority and the CS Minister and the Department were rolling out the ‘Rural Lock-up’ Program and he was certain that Gulf Province will also have a CS office established.

“I can’t give exactly when, but like all the projects that I have delivered in Kerema and Kikori in this term of Parliament, I can guarantee you that this Government will deliver CS for you in Kerema,” said O’Neill.

Cedric Patjole