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Govt gives K12m to Mt Bagana eruption victims

BY GORETHY KENNETH

Prime Minister James Marape told Parliament the Government has allocated K12 million to help Bougainvilleans affected by the Mt Bagana Volcanic eruption.

Marape yesterday responded to questions raised by Popondetta MP Richard Masere on the disaster update on Mt Bagana and what the Government was doing to help the affected people on Bougainville.

“Disaster has taken place and in terms of the volcano Cabinet has approved K12 million in the first instance to address the 3000 people or so who have been displaced but I want to acknowledge also as I speak a PNG Navy boat, for the first time is now entering Buka Passage.

“It has never happened since 2001 and I want to place on record my sincerest appreciation to President Honourable Ishmael Toroama and the leadership in Bougainville for realising that the scars with the past has gone.

“There needs to be greater collaboration going, and not just people to people and government to government but more importantly agencies of Government.

“And in this instance, knowing very well that we have parked disaster relief agency with the Defence Force and we have tasked PNGDF to also handle disasters in our country.

“They have requested for a navy to go back and today a navy boat is parking, going into bay at Buka Passage and very soon will set sail after a small ceremony of healing, get together, working together again and after all these things have taken place in Buka, the boat will leave again for disaster area.

“And I want to also say thank you to Governor for East New Britain, people of East New Britain and Member for Kokopo and the leadership – they continue to be a very, very good interface between PNG and Bougainville.

Before the navy boat left for Buka, the people of East New Britain loaded food and additional care iron roofing onto the navy boat – the National Government has funneled through K10 million to the people of Bougainville.”