Province-wide Consultation for Lae City Authority Draft Bill

By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae

The province-wide consultation for the proposed Lae City Authority draft Bill is set to be completed by the end of this month.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru says consultations have already begun with LLG presidents, ward councillors and other reputable organisations in the province. The draft bill for the proposed Lae city Authority is now being circulated to LLG presidents and ward councillors in the Morobe province, to get their feedback.

Feedback received will be tabled in the Morobe Provincial Assembly before a final report is compiled for the May parliament sitting.

Governor Kelly Naru says certain reputable people and groups will be consulted to give their opinions on the proposed city authority for Lae.

“Part of the consultation has been done through individual presidents, members and interest groups in communities. Basically creating awareness and getting people’s views,” says Governor Kelly Naru.

In the last two months, the proposed Lae City Authority Bill has become the centre of discussion in the Morobe Provincial Assembly.

In March, the provincial assembly moved a motion for the draft bill for the proposed Lae City Authority to be amended.

Tutumang members have endorsed this province-wide consultation to be carried out immediately, and a report on that consultation together with the draft bill will be presented to Tutumang by mid-April for its endorsement.

“We need to complete the process within the next couple of weeks. Once that process is completed, a Tutumang will be called and from there a position paper submitted to the national government,’’ said Governor Naru.

The draft Lae City Authority Bill together with the report will be presented to the National Executive Council for deliberations and to parliament, for its enactment in May 2015.

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