3 Jun 2014

PNG Police pleased with Paga Hill resettlement exercise

12:08 pm on 3 June 2014

The Papua New Guinea police say they are very happy with the successful resettlement of 300 residents of the National Housing operation from Paga Hill in Port Moresby.

The Acting Metropolitan Superintendent of the National Capital District, N'dranou Perou, says police were not needed, as the leaseholder, Paga Hill Development Company Limited, provided transport and removal services, as well as providing alternate land at six mile.

He says it's the first time in PNG for a leaseholder to offer people another place to move to.

Superintendent Perou says in the past he has often had to forcefully throw people out onto the streets, and although it saddens him, he is required to enforce court orders.

He says that law and order problems within the city would be greatly reduced if people were given decent homes with access to government services such as water, power, and good roads.