by Adelaide Kari – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The ‘Take back PNG’ campaign has been something Oro Governer, Garry Juffa, has wanted to initiate, to allow Papua New Guineans to recognise that it is important to take part in Papua New Guinea’s economy.
The Campaign will hold seminars by Mr Juffa, talking on national patriotism and how to be involved in the development of the country.
Mr Juffa said that he has been criticised, with the campaign being described as racist and dictatorial, after he and a health inspector went to inspect a fast food store in Popendetta.
He says that he is only weeding out non-genuine business houses in Oro, businesses he says that do not wish to comply with PNGs laws and health regulations.
Mr Juffa also said that this leads to the issues on how such business houses receive licencing, and pass health inspections, for the many years they have been in business in the country.
He also adds that most foreign owned businesses have managers and supervisors who don’t speak English, yet hold high positions. Questions are raised as to how they communicate with citizens.
Mr Juffa says that the countrymen and women in PNG lack true patriotism and need to stand up for their country in times of need, and to do something when they see something is wrong.