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April 21, 2021
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Momis: No More Excuses

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By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The issue on the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s outstanding grants will come under the microscope in next week’s meeting of the Joint Supervisory Body in Port Moresby.

President, Chief John Momis, speaking in Buka this week, says he does not want any more excuses from the National Government.

“The National Government must first address the status of Bougainville under the Bougainville Peace Agreement,” he said.

The Joint Supervisory Body Meeting that was deferred in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, last year was rescheduled for the February 15 and 16 .

The meeting, which will take place in Port Moresby, will discuss several important matters.

Top of the agenda is funding issues, a critical point raised by the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

The funding issues will have to be addressed and resolved to enable the execution of powers and functions and the implementation of services.

Chief Momis says most issues were centred on the Bougainville Peace Agreement that the National Government had failed to honour over time.

Such actions Momis says, shows, the national government has no gratitude and liberty, of Bougainville’s contribution in the past.

Momis says the national government must make available all provisional funds, for ABG to operate and fund services.

Chief Momis says Bougainville must not be seen as beggars, because, under the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the constitutional laws of Papua New Guinea, funds are needed to execute the autonomous government’s affairs.

“Both governments must work together, to achieve results of the Bougainville Peace Agreement,” Momis said.

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