Lillian Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Still, in Alotau, the residents have been challenged to be responsible and to take care of public properties.
This was said by Milne Bay Parliamentary leaders at the opening of the Temporary and Informal Markets on July 21, 2018.
Apart of the parliamentary delegation, was MP for Alotau and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel.
Kiriwina -Goodenough member and Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa and DPM Abel, officiated the opening of the temporary and informal markets in Alotau.
During their speeches, they challenged their people to look after these public properties.
MP Tomuriesa, addressed individuals present, stating that the government and development partners spend a lot of money for infrastructural development in rural and urban areas.
He said “My call to the rest of Milne Bay and for the people of Alotau open, you have such beautiful wonderful buildings built here, please let’s care for these buildings.”
Abel told his people that the market program is a big program that JICA, through the Japanese government, is supporting PNG.
“They completed the Wewak market already, they completed the Madang market already and those are now operational and they are continuing on, so it is a national program…” Abel said.
He reiterated what MP Tomuriesa had said, saying everyone has a part to play in looking after these assets.
“We should really ask ourselves what are we doing? Every time you accuse the leader, you also have to accuse yourself, what are you doing to support development.” Abel said.
The construction of the new market will include freezer facilities and a jetty for those in outside islands to park their boats and store their fish.