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January 23, 2021

Bulolo Petition: Government Urged To Fast Track Promise

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The government has been urged to fast track its promise on sending a National Assessment team to Bulolo, for a peace process.

This commitment was made by Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill earlier this year.


In the form of a petition, the Watut people of Bulolo in Morobe Province requested K100 million from the government for a resettlement exercise.


Men’s Ackrish from Watut in Bulolo, says the situation in Bulolo between the landowners and settlers, and also among the locals themselves is yet from over.


He says there needs to be a major resettlement exercise carried out, and a peace process to be negotiated between all the warring groups past and present.


A petition was presented to Prime Minister in February this year.


Points requested in the petition was for Bulolo to be a province on its own, due to its large geographically boundaries as an electorate.


Ackrish says because thousands flock into the township of Bulolo from Garaina, Aseki and Watut, these social problems will continue in Bulolo.


He further went on to say that the initial dispute between the Waria Bubus and the Watut, is still outstanding issue.


His people are now calling for the government to fast-track the process of sending an assessment team to Bulolo.


Bulolo MP, Sam Basil and Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, have been urged to play a leading role in rebuilding the lives of both the settlers and the landowners.


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