PRIME Minister Peter O'Neill was given a red carpet welcome in Mendi town, the provincial headquarters of Southern Highlands, last Thursday, The National reports.
The streets in the main commercial centre were packed with people and police had to divert
traffic onto the main road.
This was the first time O'Neill visited his province as a Prime Minister, accompanied by Finance and Treasury Minister Don Polye, Works and Transport Minister Francis Awesa, Police Minister John Boito, Public Service Minister Bart Philemon, Health Minister Jamie Maxtone-Graham, NCD Governor Powes Parkop, Milne Bay Governor John Luke, Minister for Inter-Government Relations and District Development Mark Maipakai, Police Commissioner Tony Wagambie, chief secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc and a media contingent from Port Moresby. They arrived in a chartered Air Niugini aircraft.
SHP Governor Anderson Agiru, Francis Potape, John Kekeno, Philemon Embel, and James Lagea were at the airport to receive O'Neill and his delegation. Mendi MP Isaac Joseph was absent.
Singsing groups from the highlands waited at the airport to welcome O'Neill and his party.
Police and Correctional Services officers provided a combined guard of honour at the airport before O'Neill was escorted to the Memoi oval where he addressed a large crowd.