Business as usual today: Governor

NCD Governor Powes Parkop has given his assurance that it will be business as usual today in Port Moresby as normalcy has been restored in the city.

Parkop said this after meeting the Members of the Security Force, together with National Parliament Speaker Job Pomat, Minister for Finance James Marape, Minister for Police Jelta Wong, and other ministers yesterday afternoon at Sir John Guise Stadium.

“Government has agreed to settle the allowances as soon as possible and we all agreed to return to duties to restore calm and normalcy to the city with immediate effect!”

Parkop said the issue of allowances for officers providing security during the APEC meeting is being resolved by the National Government and all the relevant agencies.

He stated that K10 million was released yesterday and is being processed to be disbursed as soon as possible.

“This is a matter that is purely administrative.

“Schools should return to normal, shops should open and offices and business should operate as normal instantly. There is no cause for concern or worry.

“I call on everyone not to rely on rumours and fake news to cause an alarm and incite fear unnecessarily.

“The event was regrettable but it’s under control and there is no reason to be fearful anymore.”

Yesterday (November 20th), business houses, schools and shops closed early due to the looting that occurred at different parts of the city.

This followed the rampage at the Parliament by frustrated Joint Security Task Force members over the non-payment of their APEC allowance.


Press release