Minister Marape said although he wholeheartedly appreciates the response from those who have gone out of their way to assist in the little way they can, the relief effort will now go into its second phase – restoration.
In a press conference, Marape said the ‘stop’ is just so the burden is taken off those sincere Papua New Guineans who have given donations in kind and cash.
He said he was greatly touched by the outstanding response and the heartfelt gestures in this time of need.
However, now that they are in the second phase of the relief efforts, the government will be looking at a much larger scale of restoration for immediate use by the people.
He has also called on his colleague leaders and members to share his sentiments.
(Member for Tari-Pori and Finance Minister, James Marape)