Prime Minister says airport security contracts to be terminated

Prime Minister James Marape has called for arrests of the private security personnel involved in damaging airport facilities at Jackson’s in Port Moresby yesterday.

He has also called for the termination of security contracts for the two companies.

Post Courier reports Marape has also said there must be investigations into the riot and the operational issues at the National Airports Corporation.

He described the incident as nonsense and demanded the state agency to rise above it because workplace safety is important for workers, travelers, business and the community.

Marape has announced that  head of ICAC Thomas Eluh will lead the investigations into the airport riot.

Eluh will be assisted by senior officers from the Prime Minister’s department, police, transport and state solicitors office.

Post Courier reports Civil Aviation Minister Segi Agisa has also endorsed the outside investigation as he believes it should ascertain what is happening at the National Airports Corporation.

Managing Director of the National Airports Corporation Rex Kiponge told the media yesterday that security guards involved would be stood down for two weeks pending investigations.

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Public condemnation have been outpouring, many calling for the termination of contracts for the security companies concerned and those involved in the riot criminally prosecuted.

The private security guards ran riot into the tarmac area of Jackson’s as someone filmed from inside the plane.

An NAC vehicle was chased along the domestic departure drive in and the vehicle badly damaged.

Glasses to the departure building were also damaged.

Flights were cancelled but were later into operations when police intervened and normalised the situation.

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