PNG Immigration Office in Moresby risks closure over lack of funds

Papua New Guinea passports and documentation. Image: Peter S. Kinjap

By Peter S. Kinjap in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea’s Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority in Port Moresby is risking closure due to a constant lack of operational funds to keep its office running.

Sources within the department have informed online media that PNG Power has cut off the energy supply to the department for almost a month now.

Important roles of the department such as printing and issuing of passports to PNG citizens and passport documentation have been delayed, causing travellers to queue up at its Waigani office in vain.

Attempts to get the chief executive’s comments have not been successful. But staff on duty confirmed there had been a power cut-off for more than a month due to non-payment of bills to PNG Power.

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