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May 27, 2022
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Bougainvilleans Query Abandoned Bank Accounts during Civil War

Monies held by commercial banks in personal bank accounts during the shutdown period in Bougainville at the height of the civil war have been queried.

EMTV News is aware that large sum of monies were left in bank accounts when these commercial banks fled the civil war.

Christine Tonama, one of many Bougainvilleans who owned a business during the golden days of the then North Solomons, told EMTV News, this was a dead issue never raised, and she was happy when this media queried the issue.

“I want to thank EMTV for bringing up this issue. For so long our successive governments have failed to bring this issue,”

“Our people do keep on asking what has happened to their account that were held in accounts of several commercial banks before the shutdown period of the Civil war on Bougainville,” she said.

There has never been an explanation from commercial banks if a repayment to all bank account owners was essential.

“They must fix this issue and repay the account owners. These monies might have generated millions or billions already, because we do not even know. Not a single word from the commercial banks, whether they are going to come and let us know or?

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has been called on to intervene, through the setting up of an inquiry as a suggested option.

“I call on the good Prime Minister, to at least respond to this.”

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