“We have to work together,” said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was recently in New Ireland Province for the opening of their two government buildings.
“We cannot continue to play politics for five years.
“Our people demand our attention. They demand our leadership.”
The PM urged all leaders, regardless of their political parties, to stand united.
His statement was applauded by residents in Kavieng, who pointed out to Loop PNG the division between their three leaders; Governor Sir Julius Chan, Kavieng Open MP, Ian Ling-Stuckey and Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt.
Despite progressive policies within the province like free education (which was adopted at the national level), disabled and the elderly pension, the infighting has hindered New Ireland from realising its full development potential.
“This small province has the potential to outrank East New Britain as the country’s tourism hub,” resident Fiona Kapas said.
“We need our leaders to put their differences aside and work together for the people.
“We have been stagnant for far too long.”