Three (3) senior officers in the Visa and Passport Division of the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (PNGICA) have been suspended, sidelined, and referred to police for criminal investigation for engaging in alleged misconduct concerning the processing of visa applications.
Three (3) other senior managers in the Corporate Service Division have been suspended and referred to the police. All three were suspended and referred to police and were arrested for alleged involvement in defrauding PNGICA funds.
Since taking up office in 2021, the Chief Migration Officer, Mr. Stanis Hulahau, has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in PNGICA. He warned that any staff who engage in disreputable conduct will face the consequences of their actions.
“This office does not belong to me, but to the 8 million people of PNG, and we are all accountable to the taxpayers and people who conduct business with the authority.
Our actions must not demean or bring disrepute to the best practices and integrity of the organization, “he said.
Officers in the authority have been encouraged to uphold best business practices and the code of ethics governing their employment with the authority and the government of Papua New Guinea.