241014TOROKINA PEOPLE FULLY SUPPORT OPERATION RENDER SAFE
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The people of Torokina fully support operation render safe and will continue their support until the operation winds up.
This statement was made by the executive manager for Torokina District Simon Koraikove during the launching of operation render safe in Torokina today.
He said the people of Torokina do not want other people to suppress the operation and the people of Torokina do not want to be dictated to do what other people want.
He said the people in his district have lived, worked and have toiled the land with fear of being killed because of what was left when the war ended.
He added that one cannot go far to see the living examples of those who are disabled today because of the bombs.
Mr. Koraikove pointed out that with the completion of the operation, the people of Torokina will be able to continue with the extension of their road systems without fear of the bombs, the mothers will be able to work in their gardens and they will be able to live without fear like others.
He then told the delegation comprising of the ABG president Chief Dr. John Momis, the US ambassador to PNG Walter North, the Australian High Commissioner to PNG Deborah Stokes, British high commissioner to PNG Simon Thoy, regional member Joe Lera, member for south Bougainville Steven Pirika, that it is a privilege that they could set foot on Torokina soil and to see for themselves and to witness how important the operation is for the lives of the people of Torokina.
241014OPERATION RENDER SAFE WILL HELP ABG
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The ABG president Chief Dr. John Momis has revealed that the operation render safe programme is one programme that will help the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the National government to look at other developments such as schools, roads and the oil palm project that will incur income for Bougainville and the community.
He said with this operation taking place, Torokina is now put on the map and Torokina now will move because it is the obligation of the government to see to it that it does.
He added that he has witnessed the commitment of the people of Torokina in their support for operation render safe saying the government will now look at the issues at Torokina because Torokina is now justified.
Chief Momis also thanked the people of Torokina for their symbolic welcome which portrays the good will of the Autonomous Bougainville government.
He also revealed that a memorandum of understanding will be signed between him and ex-combatants this afternoon concerning the operation render safe and will also look at the development of Torokina.
He explained further that the MOU is a commitment by the ABG to address the problem of developments in Torokina because operation render safe has forced the government to look at development in Torokina.
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241014REMOVAL OF BOMBS A HISTORICAL EVENT
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The member for Torokina Steven Suako said that the removal of bombs in Torokina is a historical event and therefore thanked the Australian government for accepting the invitation to come over to Torokina to remove the bombs.
Speaking during the official launching of operation render safe in Torokina today, he pointed out that it was a very hard task for the leaders of Torokina to come together and reach an understanding on this issue of the removal of the bombs at Torokina.
He said this is the beginning of a new era which will not be understood now but which we will come to understand later on.
He then appealed to the officials taking part in the operation to corporate with the authorities and everything will go as planned.
Meanwhile, the national member for South Bougainville Steven Pirika told the people of Torokina and the delegation that as the member for South Bougainville, he fully supports the operation in his electorate.
He said many mothers have already been killed by the bombs and no one must give us wrong advice because we have lost so many of our loved ones while we were playing with the bombs.
He added that he fully and totally supports the operation because his people have suffered for far too long.
He then appealed to the people of Torokina to respect the army personals and to help them work as a community so that they can live safely at the end of the operation.
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG Minister for Health, ROSE PIHEI today acknowledged the work of UNICEF and the Bougainville’s Department of Health for collaborating in improving the health of Bougainvilleans.
Minister, ROSE PIHEI in her remarks said that their collaborative approach has seen no major Health outbreaks such as Measles which has occurred in other provinces of Papua New Guinea.
The Minister made these comments at the launching of the Tetanus Toxoid Campaign, Launching on the introduction of new Pneumococcal vaccine, Roll out of Measles campaign and the handover of the New Gene-X-Pert Machine at the Buka hospital today.
Minister, PIHEI said that the timing of the launching was good and the onus was with the people of Bougainville to support the health program.