by Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby
Water is in abundance but accessibility to clean and safe drinking water is not available to all Papua New Guineans.
Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment Ben Micah told parliament today that 90 per cent of Papua New Guineans do not have access to clean drinking water.
Mr Micah was responding to questions raised in parliament by Member for Nawae, Gisuat Siniwin, on the plight of his people living in settlements in Lae City.
Siniwin was concerned that people living in Nawae settlements in Lae City have been deprived of these essential needs.
“My people are still drinking unclean water from drums,” he says.
Minister Micah said government agencies are working to ensure all citizens receive clean drinking water.
“It may be a challenge for Eda Ranu in the nation’s capital and Water PNG in other centres to deliver clean and safe drinking water.”
Funding must be made available from the DSIP and PSIP to initiate water projects in areas in the country, Micah says.