The Berder Development Authority has spoken out against what it’says negative publicity on border issue.
Acting Executive Director, Fred Konga, saysthe reports have been a distraction tothe real value ofthe organisation.
Mr Konga said newspaper reports have not neglectedthe true situation on border matters.
Konga has been in office for five months but he saysthe value ofthe organisation has its place.
Atthe border of Sandaun andIndonesia, pouching in Wutung has brought in much needed money intothe hands of border inhabitants onthPNG’side. BethIndonesian and Papua New Guineas have joined togther in pouching deer, shark fin and barramundis.
The widespread slaughter ofthese animals has resulted intheir near extinction atthe bench bark wild life sanctuary. Bet localsthere say that non-government presence and a local economy in those regions have forcedthem to take part inthese practices.
The much speculated Beta’s market is surprisingly a hot spot for the exit of thousands oPNG kina every week intoIndonesia.
Mr Konga saysthe Berder Development Authority co-ordinates agencies such asthe Defence Force andthe Royal Constabulary which have stalled border operations.
BeA continues to serve its purpose withthe construction of two more border posts and an office complex in Wutung greatly underfunded for almost two years.
The authority is yet to seethe one hundred and eighty million kina required bythe BeA development plan for 2013 fromthe National Planning and Treasury Department.
Hannah Aria, National EMTV News