Thursday, September 12, 2019

Government presents K22.5 million to Bougainville

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The National Government today presented a total of K22.5million to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG)  for specific programs to be implemented by the ABG.

The cheques were presented by the ministers for Works Michael Nali, Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Lino Tom and Bougainville Affairs Dr Sir Puka Temu.

Nali presented a cheque of K9.5million to the  ABG Minister for Works, Dr Tom presented K5million whilst Dr Sir Puka presented two cheques totalling K8 million.

The first cheque Sir Puka presented was a one of K6million to help the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission of which K1.5m will go towards the referendum awareness and related programmes.

Sir Puka said the K1.5 was a commitment the ABG government made to help the Bougainville Referendum Commission but the National Government decided to help.

The remaining K4.5million is for other non electoral related work by the ABG and the BRC for security related processes.

Dr Sir Puka also presented a cheque for K2million towards the Arawa School of Nursing.

The K9.5million cheque presented by Works Minister Nali is to pay two contractors Covec and Dekenai to complete two road programs they are working on in Bougainville.

The K5million cheque by Fisheries Minister Dr Lino Tom was for related commitments as per previous JSB meetings that such funding be made to the ABG.
The presentations were made in the presence of Prime Minister Marape and President Dr John Momis.

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