By Rositta Liosi – EM TV Online
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, national security within the country has become a growing concern.
Northern Province Governor, Gary Juffa, addressed the national security issue after the IS attack in Paris, France, which saw 129 people killed. He added that this was a wake-up call to those in authority in PNG.
“Intelligence is absolutely vital in protecting the economy, citizens and future opportunities and managing risks. Most countries are already aware of what is happening, their national security apparatus, their intelligence, community and its capabilities are at heightened risk awareness to protect their economy, people, resources, infrastructures, lives and future, while for PNG, this has been the opposite.”
Opposition leader, Don Polye, queried the government’s efforts to mobilise resources and tighten national security. He cited that under-funding of core agencies of national security as being a major problem that needs to be prioritised by the government.
This is especially the case given then PNG is hosting APEC 2018 and the Women’s Under 20 Soccer World Cup in only a few months.
Polye said, however, the Opposition was concerned about the security of the public, participants of the events and the business community.