Opposition’s claims’ misleading: PM

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has again condemned a statement from the Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch on the relief supply to the people of Western province.

Pruaitch in a statement called on O’Neill to go to Western Province and not only Hela and Southern Highlands Province.

However, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said these claims are all ‘rubbish’ and misleading.

He said the Disaster Committee have provided relief supplies and medicines to affected communities in Western Province, Gulf and parts of Telefomin district.

Pruaitch claimed that the funds from Ok Tedi Mining Ltd had been given directly to the National Government’s consolidated revenue without setting aside a portion of the funds to go to Provincial Disaster relief efforts.

He said this is uncalled for and relief supplies must be fairly distributed. 

He added that the Government is failing in its number one priority — to protect its people, and every day of Government inaction and ineffective relief management is costing more and more lives.

The Opposition Leader is demanding that at least one third of the K50 million donated to Government is immediately made available to the Western Provincial Disaster Relief Office without further delay.

Meantime, Parliament will sit for the special session to deliberate on the disaster relief funds.

Freddy Mou
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