Police in Lae received an early Christmas gift from Papindo Group of Companies yesterday.
The gift, a new Bundi Camp police station funded by the company. It was opened by the government and company representatives.
Settlers of Nawaeb block and Bundi camp witnessed the occasion. Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Lae MP and Minister for Lands and Physical Planning John Rosso, Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Donald Yamasombi and Papindo Group of Companies managing Director Sir Soekandar Tjandra handed over the police station to the lae police. Sir Soekandar gave the keys of the station to Mr. Yamasombi while Vicar General Father Arnold Schmidt blessed the station.
Company managing director Lady Susan Tjandra said Papindo saw the need for a police station in Bundi camp after the original one was burned down in 2012.
Lady Tjandra said the project is through Papindo’s public-private partnership.
“We are happy to build a new police station there after seven years.”
The building cost half a million kina and that includes furniture and office equipment, two offices, two detention center with air-conditioning, kitchen and toilets insides.
“This initiative will enable more growth and development in this part of the town and I’m thankful that the building was completed just within six months,” Lady Tjandra said.
Mr. Rosso thanked Papindo’s management for their contribution to the police in Lae and appeal to settlers in Nawaeb block and Bundi camp police station operations. Mr. Yamasombi said the new police station is indeed an early Christmas gift for the police department and Papindo is the oldest corporate partner for police in the country.