The National Executive Council has recently endorsed a request from the Hela Provincial
Government, for the assistance of the National Government to restore the rule of law in this important province that host the PNG LNG Gas Field.
Chairman of the National Executive Council, Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP said the National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the following to ensure law and order is maintained in Hela; for a Police Mobile Squad, within the existing structure of Police, to be relocated and permanently stationed in Hela Province.
“Cabinet also noted that over 500 Police positions for Hela Province have been approved and directed that the positions be advertised immediately; the recruitment and selection to take into account work experience and candidates from other parts of the country as well; Training for the Police officers to be made through the existing Police Structures; and for a Reserve Police in Hela to assist the Police.
"Cabinet has also approved for the following to be considered by the Management of the Police in the current review of their Legislations and Policies on the well-being of Police Officers' and disciplinary Issues;
(i) Extra protection of Police Officers assigned for special police operation;
(ii) Insurance cover for Police Officers in these areas;
(iii) Loss of firearms, ammunition and damage to State vehicles to be categorized as
serious offences with appropriate penalties instituted to theses offences.
"Cabinet also approved for the Attorney General and the State Solicitor to expedite the review, if already commenced, or institute the review, if not done yet, on appropriate
legislations to outlaw compensation in tribal fight areas to enable perpetrators to be held
accountable and brought to justice with their traditional land forfeited to the State as a penalty."
Prime Minister Marape said Cabinet also approved a funding of K8 million and an additional
funding of K5 million to assist build the Correctional Services facilities in Hela Province.