JAMES MARAPE MP | Prime Ministerial Statement
PORT MORESBY – I am motivated by leaders who refuse to accept money to see change and good governance.
They are offered money, they are offered jobs but they stick to their commitment for the good of the people and country.
I appeal to Papua New Guineans, the least you can do is to respect your children, the girls and women amongst us.
You respect society by living peacefully, respecting each other despite our ethnic differences, our political differences, our religious differences.
You will realise where we are. We need greater incursion into how we harvest our natural resources.
Many of our corporate citizens will feel a little bit doubtful, will feel a little bit intimidated, a little bit insecure. But you must not feel that way.
When PNG is safe, when PNG is secured economically, when PNG is robust and growing, businesses will flourish and reap deserved rewards.
You need PNG to be strong, stable, prosperous and wealthy. And that is why I am in the business of making huge decisions in as far as resource laws are concerned.
We will do it very slowly. I’m looking at 2025 in which we will migrate to a new legislative framework.
Whatever changes we intend to do in the next one or two years will be prospective.
I appeal to Papua New Guineans to respect and uphold the laws so the country can prosper harmoniously.
Every extra kina spent on maintaining law and order could otherwise be saved and spent on schools, education, health and infrastructure.
I appeal to everyone nationwide, especially my people of Hela and the region, to help transform communities into peaceful and law-abiding citizens who can contribute to nation-building unabated.