A unique and ground-breaking cooperation between the ICTSI, the SPICT and the Lae police force has taken off to promote peace and order in the local community.
The South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT), operator and developer of the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the ICTSI Foundation, corporate social responsibility arm of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) all offered assistance to the Lae Metropolitan Police to enhance their peacekeeping facilitates.
A new police station will be constructed in the Malahang District of Lae in the Morobe Province, while SPICT has donated two patrol unit vehicles.
The AHI Hope Foundation, the corporate responsibility arm of AHI Investment (AHL) and community partner with ICTSI and SPICT at the Port of Lae, will oversee the construction of the new facility.
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George Gware, AHL’s chairman, stated: “SPICT has been operating in Lae for only a month now. These donations are very significant. Lae is an industrialized city, and we talk about business but the stakeholders of the port community – port workers, employees in the shipping lines – are at risk of crimes. These are the people who live in Lae that need to be protected.”
Edward Muttiah, CEO of SPICT, echoed this sentiment: “Law and order is a shared responsibility. These donations are our tokens of commitment to the people of Lae. We will be here for 25 years. Expect more from us as we move forward.”
The Malahang Community Police Station covers six communities in the Ahi Village, Morobe Province, with an estimated population of 25,000.
Jelta Wong, PNG Minister of Police, who flew in to Lae for the occasion, said: “I rarely see a private company do something like this. I’m very excited and happy that somebody has taken an initiative. Please use these resources wisely.”