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Provinces must take ownership: Ubase

The provinces need to take ownership of sorcery accusation related violence (SARV) and gender based violence (GBV) issues.

They cannot continue to look at national level for assistance and support, Department of Community Development and Religion, Secretary Jerry Ubase said.

“They know the terrain, the locality of the place, the community and its people, they need to take ownership at some level than always calling for national level assistance every time.

“There are some issues in the communities that we as individuals can stand up and stop it, negotiate and address at community level,” he said.

“This year I want to task provinces and districts to implement their own GBV and SARV strategy not every time asking government support and intervention, instead they can propose something and we go in to support where we can as a National Government.”

Mr Ubase said the expectations that provinces continue rely heavily on the National Government must stop and they need to initiate their plans.

He said it is not Port Moresby’s problem meaning if issues are arising there they have mediators, police, army, community development officers, political leaders and others who can put their heads together with churches and address the issues.