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Momis challenges Bougainvilleans to work hard for independence

Bougainvilleans have been challenged to work hard towards achieving the choice they have voted for.

“Do not think that independence means a life of ease and entitlements –there’s huge work before us,” President Chief Dr Momis revealed at Arawa today.

His call comes two days after the 2019 Bougainville Referendum results were announced revealing an almost 98% vote for independence.

President Momis said it was not an easy journey to come this far, however, Bougainvilleans owed it the past leaders and those that lost their lives during the crises and this will charter a new course for Bougainville.

Prime Minister Hon James Marape shared similar sentiments urging the people to return to the land and work hard to support its government.

“I come today to give you my respects for the choice you have made but I also come to ask you to work together as we have a huge task ahead to prepare Bougainville for the outcome which may take some time,” Hon Marape revealed.

The Prime Minister Hon James Marape also revealed that the National Government has given Bougainville all other powers including Mining, Petroleum, Fisheries and Forestry except for the Borders and the flag that both governments will negotiate on.

“National Government will continue to honour its commitment to Bougainville and in the budget allocations K50million is allocated for the Supplementary budget whilst K100 million is budgeted for next year,” he said.

Meanwhile K40million worth of cheques for road works and tertiary institutions was presented to ABG today.

K10million each was presented for road works on Buka ring road, Kokopau to Arawa road and Arawa to Buin roads respectively whilst K5 million each was given to Arawa School of Nursing and Arawa Technical School respectively.

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