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June 3, 2020
Highlands Politics

PM: PNG Citizens Must Be Economically Independent

Prime Minister James Marape, in his recent visit to Tambul Nebilyer in Western Highlands Province, has urged Papua New Guineans to be economically independent.

The National Government will soon introduce a new concept that will allow tertiary students to get loans from the government to pay their school fees, and repay after they work. He explained that governments will not always give free handouts or pay their children’s school fees.

Prime Minister James Marape says under his term as Prime Minister, he will make sure that he distributes wealth equally to all the provinces and districts.

But this will not come free.

The Prime Minister says, districts and provinces involved in agriculture or Small and Medium Enterprises activities, and are eager to receive development, will be the ones receiving more funding and services.

PM says, ’’I am encouraging every Papua New Guineans to leave gun, uphold law and order, pick up agriculture, tourism, make business, do not complain about Chinese, but you do it yourself’’.

Prime Minister Marape says those who wish to fight or cause law and order problems in the electorates or provinces will be the least developed ones.

The National Government is spending 30 to 40 percent of the country’s budget every year to maintain law and order problems in the country.

Marape said, he will be in Hela this week to address law and order issues in the province, with the recent killing of a police officer.

“If you want more money, you uphold law and order’’ says Mr Marape.

Mr. Marape said the National Government will soon introduce a new loan scheme, which will allow tertiary students to take out loans.

This will ease financial burdens parents are going through, and to also stop the attitude of expecting local MPs to pay their children’s school fees.

’’I don’t believe in free education, I believe in hard work, shared equity, and share responsibilities’’

The Prime Minister said local farmers in each electorate in PNG will be given seedlings to farm and make use of their land.
After farming, markets will be made available to sell their produce so that they can earn money from their hard work.

By Vasinatta Yama, EM TV – Mt Hagen

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