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PNG Politics Updates : Government Firm Ahead of Parliament Meeting

Statement by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill:
“The Government Coalition is very confident that we have the numbers to continue to
govern for the remainder of this Parliamentary term, as we were mandated by the
people of Papua New Guinea at the 2017 elections.
“At present we have more than 60 Members of Parliament meeting together as part of
our Government.
“Coalition Members are very much intact and supportive of the Government led by the
People’s National Congress Party.
“The legislation passed by the Morauta Government has stabilised two governments
over four teams of Parliament, and we anticipate this to continue.
“This stability has come under threat because of the ambitions of some self-interested
individuals who have not clearly outlined their policies to the Nation over the past 20 months in any way shape or form.
“This is in clear contrast to the policies that have been and continue to be delivered by
the PNC-led Government Coalition.
“Since 2012 this Government has invested more in education and put more children in
school than any other in the past.
“This has enabled almost 1.2 million additional children to enrol and attend school from elementary to year 12.
“We have also trained and assigned an additional 5,000 primary school teachers and
3,000 secondary school teachers over our time in Government to increase the quality
of education in our country.
“Spending on healthcare programs continues to increase, averaging more than K1.3
billion each year that has increased to K1.5 billion in 2019.
“We have trained close to 700 nurses, assigned close to 500 doctors around the
country and trained more clinical health workers.
“Our hospitals have seen dramatic improvements, in particular Port Moresby General
Hospital, Angau, Mt Hagen and Kerema are being delivered, and we have opened new
new hospitals in Popondetta, Goroka and Boron.
“Since coming to office we have delivered around 3,000 kilometres of road that has
been improved to maintainable condition.
“Since coming to office we improved more 3,000 kilometres of road to seal standard ,
more than 1,000 new bridges have been constructed, and more than 4,000 kilometres
of closed provincial and district roads have been opened up to accessible condition.
“If this effort is not continued, roads will close, and it is as simple as that.
“We have refurbished Jackson’s Airport and other airports, including Mt Hagen Hoskins, Vanimo, Popondetta. We are rebuilding the Nadzab Airport Terminal and rehabilitating rural air strips, and upgraded the Goroka airport and rebuilt the Mt Hagen airport terminal.
“Expansion projects are also underway at the number of sea ports around the country
and we are building new International wharves in Wewak, Vanimo, Manus and Kikori.
“These are just a few of the policy initiatives that we have or are in the process of
delivering, and these are our commitments to the people of our country through the
two Alotau Accords.
“The attempt to destabilise a duly mandated government through threats, intimidation
and fake news through social media is now taking place in this country. I urge all thinking Papua New Guineans to refrain from partaking in this illegal attempt to bring
down a properly mandated government.
“It is disappointing to see the National Alliance Party vigorously encouraging the behind
the scenes activities to destabilise political parties when they had enjoyed the legitimacy of the legislation over two terms in government, but NA is not prepared toallow other parties mandated through election to the same opportunity to govern.”

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