PNG Power Workers Decry Sacking Of Board, Minister’s Actions

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Calls for PM to dismiss Micah amid chaos

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 11, 2015) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been urged to immediately sack Public Enterprises Minister Ben Micah for all the problems he is creating in PNG Power Limited.

PNG Energy Workers Association general-secretary Santee Margis was responding to Micah’s decision to suspend the company board activities and take control of all company expenditure.

Micah, in a letter on Monday, directed chief executive officer John Tangit not to interfere with the company’s daily operations.

Margis warned that if Micah was not removed, the repercussions could be disastrous.

[PIR editor’s note: The National reported that ‘A trade union leader says the electricity state-of-emergency has more to do with privatisation than debt collection. ... PNG Trade Union Congress general-secretary John Paska, in response to a directive from Public Enterprises Minister Ben Micah suspending the activities of the PNG Power Limited board, warned that there could be serious repercussions with the Pacific Games three months away.’ Micah is also facing a referral by the Ombudsman’s Commission to a Leadership Tribunal over allegations of misconduct in office.]

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