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Autonomous Bougainville Government Developmen Grants Lagging : Momis

Staff Reporter 9/25/2013 | |
President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, John Momis plans to meet with the Prime Minister, to sort out misunderstanding over the outstanding monies owed, under the Restoration Development Grant.

Mr. Momis says, his government is still waiting for the second 100-million Kina allocation from the National Government, promised by Peter O'Neill, while Finance Minister.

The National Government had committed an annual payment of 100-million Kina to Bougainville, for five years, amounting to a total 500-million Kina.

Momis says, the Restoration Development Fund belongs to his people under law, but the National Government has lagged behind to meet its legal monetary obligation.

He adds, nothing has been done, despite him informing the Minister, National Coordinating Office of Bougainville Affairs and other relevant departments.

Momis wants the earlier good relationship between both governments restored, so that services to Bougainville can continue, to avoid the region falling back into conflict.

He's also rebutted calls by Bougainville Affairs Minister, Steven Pirika Kama, for the National Government to stop giving money to the region, until a previous allocation of 100-million Kina, is acquitted.

Mr. Momis mocked the Bougainville South M-P of not keeping up with issues of the region, but creating something that could be explosive for the peace agreement, underway on Bougainville.

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