PNG's New Ireland Province 'On The Way To Full Autonomy,' Governor Chan Says

Sir Julius says province 'capable of looking after itself''

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 22, 2017) – New Ireland is on the way to full autonomy and is capable of looking after itself, according to Governor Sir Julius Chan.

Sir Julius was responding to Lovongai local level government president John Aini on the status of autonomy for New Ireland during a meeting on Friday.

Speaking at the first provincial assembly meeting of the year, he urged New Ireland people to embrace this transition.

“It is time that the people of New Ireland take full ownership of their resources and inheritance. We can do it. We must have a greater share of our resources and their benefits. The people must be able to govern themselves, sustain themselves, stand up for themselves and look after themselves,” Julius said.

“The vision for autonomy as declared in the Malagan Declaration and Malagan Declaration Forward is simple and clear, that this province aims to be self-reliant, efficient, market-oriented and internationally competitive.

“This is the hope I have for the people of New Ireland and autonomy was a step forward to achieving prosperity, self-reliance and financial independence.”

He said the people must be confident and be optimistic.

He said some of the best brains in the country who have contributed largely in various capacities to the development of PNG came from New Ireland.

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I fully support Sir Julius Chan in his planning for Full Autonomy. God has blessed New Ireland Province with so many resources, and so whatever, our Governor is planning, let us all cooperate and support him in his plans for Full Autonomy, so as to properly reap of the fruits of our resource. GOD HELP NEW IRELAND

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