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MP calls for SoE in Porgera

by HARLYNE JOKUPostcourier
February 20th, 2009

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LAGAIP-Porgera MP Phillip Kikala is calling for the NEC meeting in Wabag to impose a state of emergency in Porgera.

Mr Kikala who is also Vice Minister for Planning said at a press conference yesterday he was expecting a submission, backed by the Police Minister on the law and order situation in Porgera, is deliberated on by Cabinet when it meets in Wabag next Thursday.

He hoped Cabinet would agree to impose a state of emergency in Porgera due to the rise in lawlessness there.

Despite Enga Governor Peter Ipatas� calls not to send a senior ministerial team to Porgera district, Mr Kikala said he was going ahead with his program to take the Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu and senior ministers to Porgera next Tuesday to see and learn first hand the law and order situation there.

He said the purpose of the planned ministerial trip was necessary due to the increase in law and order situation in Porgera and wider community�s cry for government help.

He added the plea for help had come from situation reports presented to him by Barrick (PNG) Limited, the operator of the rich Porgera mine, police personnel on ground, district administrator, Porgera Development Authority and the Paiela Local Level Government Councils and the community at large,� Mr Kikala said.

�I have been to Porgera district on numerous occasions and have witnessed myself the problems of law and order thus I asked the Police Minister Sani Rambi to accompany me on two occasions and the minister is backing me now for immediate declaration of a State of Emergency in the electorate,� Mr Kikala said.

Mr Kikala claimed the Enga Provincial Government had overlooked the law and order situation in Porgera for the past 10 years.

He urged Mr Ipatas to support his initiative.


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