ONE OF THE FIRST Papua New Guinean patrol officers, Assistant District Commissioners then departmental head, Jack Karukuru, passed away on New Year’s eve at around 6.30-7.00pm.
I admired him for what he did for this country and, even after he finished from the government system and the private sector, he was still very much involved with the community in Port Moresby and at his Miaru village in the Gulf Province.
Jack Karukuru was a humble man who had a big heart for this nation.
He got along well with everyone, from the little children to adults.
Papua New Guinea has lost a great man.
Allan Tarua is the Fuel Systems Project Coordinator with InterOil Corporation’s downstream operations
Additional notes by Keith Jackson - Jack was aged about 72. In addition to the posts mentioned by Allan, he also served as Deputy Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department, as District Commissioner for the then Northern District and as Deputy District Commissioner in Bougainville where, during the crisis, he was responsible for monitoring the issue prior to the development of the Bougainville task force. Jack’s secondary school education was in Australia and in 1970 he received a Diploma in Public Administration from the Administrative College in PNG