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August 6, 2021
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Naru Slams Lae City Commission Again

The debate on the proposed Lae City Commission is not over yet.

Loujaya Kouza, is at one end of the debate table, while the PEC, headed by Governor Naru is on the other.

 

What has angered the Morobe Governor is the decision made by the Lae MP to deal directly with the NEC, and not the Provincial Executive Council, an unconstitutional move, the Governor calls it.

 

"The dialogue is done between Lae District and the NEC…she's bypassing the Provincial Executive Council…this is unexpected. We can't govern along this line", Naru said.

 

What that has come out from the ongoing tussle between the leaders is nothing new.

 

Last week, Loujaya Kouza said she was waiting for the nod to go ahead with thec city commission. The recommendations will come from the NEC.

 

The Morobe Governor meanwhile says, he will challenge the decision, if it turns out to be unfavourable for the Morobe people.

 

"I want to remind the people again that it is the call of the honourable Prime Minister, Peter O'Neil", Kouza said.

 

While Ms Kouza aims to develop a system of governance that will enable better provision of services, many argue that the commission will contribute towards the downfall of Morobe’s economy.

 

There are also growing concerns amongst local village councillors that, if Lae becomes a commission, the other eight districts in the province, may be left out, from the benefits that the commission will bring about.

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