Posted By Staff Reporter
Member for Abau and Public Service Minister, Sir PukaTemu, is challenging Central Province leaders, to vigorously negotiate with the National Government, to take back Port Moresby city, which was once theirs.
Sir Puka, during this week's handing down of the 2014 Central Province Budget says, the people are missing out on developments in Port Moresby, including economic benefits from upcoming international events.
"National capital district is now booming with infrastructure development because of the 2018 APEC meeting which Port Moresby will host and the 2015 Pacific Games which Port Moresby will also host.
"If you look at this, billions and billions of kina being developed to improve Port Moresby which was once our city then that means that we as a people, who are original owners of Port Moresby city will be missing out in terms of this enormous investment coming to once upon a time our city, which was the Central peoples city," Sir Puka said.
He says while the N-C-D collects about 300-million Kina annually in tax, ironically, Central Province has a revenue of a mere 13-million Kina.
He says, Central leaders should draw up a strategy, to acquire part of this tax revenue, just like other Provincial Governments benefit from funds generated out of their respective Cities and Towns.
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