Customs purchase property for staff in Lae

Press ReleaseRay Paul The PNG Customs Service's (PNGCS) ongoing efforts into providing accommodation for its officers have continued with the purchase of a property in Lae, Morobe province last week.

The current purchase of a four-unit property at Hawk Street cost PNG K1.9 million.

Recently confirmed Commissioner of Customs Ray Paul explained that following the current reconstruction of the Lae wharf, Lae will become the biggest port in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

"That is why the welfare of officers in Lae and also around other parts of the country is paramount", Mr. Paul stated. "The officers in Lae must be properly accommodated to be able to meet the challenges that will be posed by this development. To also ensure staff mobility to meet the ensuing challenges from this development, Customs will purchase more properties for officers in Lae in the future. I strongly believe that simply when you prioritize the welfare and accommodation needs of your officers, they will generate a high turnover in productivity."

The Commissioner went on to state that the lack of adequate housing for public servants has been one of the major attributing factors of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the public sector hence this initiative is set to drive and foster efficiency in the delivery of services by Customs officers.

This purchase has brought the number of properties bought by Customs to five this year in Port Moresby, Madang and now Lae.

The Commissioner is urging both current and future occupants to take ownership of the properties and to look after them properly.

Customs has been able to continue with this project with funding from the K7.8million under the PIP funds in this year's budget appropriation for the Customs Institutional Housing Project and from the Customs User Pay Trust Account, a trust account which was established to support in part such projects, including special Customs operations, which normally could not be adequately supported through the normal budgetary processes.

Ray Paul
Acting Commissioner