Some encouraging news for West Papua resident here, seeking citizenship.
The Government’says it is looking into waivingthe Ten Thousand Kina (K10, 000) fee imposed as a requirement to gain PNG citizenship.
There are currently ten thousand four hundred people of West Papuan Origin living in PNG Many are already citizens ofthe country – many more want to be but one ofthe set backs has been a ten thousand kina (K10, 000.00) imposed fee.
It’s a condition that many cannot afford andthey have turned to NCD Governor Powes Parkop to take uptheir case withthe government.
Governor Parkop also a strong human right advocate tookthe case to parliament.
“Isthere any plans to see if we could changethe status ofthe long term residents, refugees if you like, to be become residential or become citizens of our country?”, Parkop asked.
Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, toldthe house that immigration and citizenship procedures are under review. He fell short of announcing thatthe ten thousand kina fee would be forfeited for West Papuans seeking citizenship.