Steven announced his resignation as PNG’s Chief Legal Advisor yesterday morning, saying he will now have ample time to focus on his electorate of Esa’ala in Milne Bay Province.
In a statement, O’Neill said: “Davis Steven has discussed with me the need for him to concentrate more on the Esa’ala electorate in the coming years, and I accept his resignation”.
“The region is still rebuilding after the earthquake and there is a lot of work to be done.
“His people are suffering and as the elected Member, he is focusing on rebuilding communities.
“He has our Government’s full support in these ongoing efforts.
“Davis Steven has served admirably in two Ministerial portfolios; first as Minister for Civil Aviation in the last Parliament, and Minister for Justice and Attorney General since the 2017 election.
“He has initiated a number of reforms in both portfolios.”
Steven’s resignation follows at the back of James Marape’s resignation from the Finance Minister portfolio on April 11th.
The Tari-Pori MP cited the low level of trust between himself and the Prime Minister as a factor behind his resignation.