15 Aug 2006

PNG police ordered to weed out ghost names on payroll

7:56 pm on 15 August 2006

Police in Papua New Guinea have been ordered to weed out ghost names on the Southern Highlands provincial payroll as part of the State of Emergency operations in the province.

The Post Courier newspaper reports they have also been asked to arrest and prosecute people who have received unbudgeted money from the provincial administration.

Other directives from the national government include: removing people living illegally in state houses, and recovering vehicles from people unlawfully using them.

The security forces are to enforce the directives alongside government agencies who will look into the administrative operations of the province.

The Deputy Police Commissioner and State of Emergency controller Gari Baki says he has briefed about 800 officers - policemen, soldiers and prison officers - who have been deployed to the province.

He says a planned amnesty is yet to be gazetted.