Customs opens new Port Manager's house in Madang
The PNG Customs Service has now begun its efforts to provide accommodation for all Customs officers throughout Papua New Guinea.
The first fruit of that endeavour came to reality early this week in Madang when Acting Commissioner Ray Paul officially opened a newly built house for the Madang Customs Port Manager to occupy.
The new house was funded through the Customs User Fee Trust Account or CUSTA, a trust account which was established to support major projects which normally could not be adequately supported through the normal budgetary processes.
The property built and supplied by Torokina Investments at the cost of K440, 000.00 is a high covenant house fully furnished with white goods.
Apart from CUSTA, the Acting Commissioner also thanked Hon. Don Polye, Minister for Treasury & Finance, the Government, the Department of National Planning & Monitoring and the Treasury Department for listening to his department's plea by appropriating K7.8million under the PIP funds in this year's budget appropriation for the Customs Institutional Housing Project.
He said now that the funds were made available, Customs will continue to either build or purchase more houses and flats throughout the country for its officers before the close of accounts this year.
"I have placed staff welfare as one of the most important priorities and this has also been the vision of the outgoing commissioner Mr. Gary Juffa."
Mr. Paul added that in contemporary management, it is all about how well you are able to effectively manage and prioritize the welfare of your officers and in doing so, you will achieve improved productivity levels and subsequently achieve organisational goals and objectives. As a firm believer of this management philosophy, I'm to determine to continue from where the former Commissioner left off and ensure the housing problem is improved over the next five years.
Assistant Commissioner - Northern Region, Mr. Francis Nipuru who was present during the opening said that he was a relief and a satisfied person that his Port Manager now will have a house and be committed to work.
Mr. Paul encouraged all officers to work hard and also look after houses provided to them now and in the near future similarly to how they looked after their own bodies.
MR. RAY PAUL
June 14, 2012