15 Jun 2006

Autonomous Government of Bougainville praised for bringing unity to the province

11:10 am on 15 June 2006

The Autonomous Government in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has been praised for its efforts in bringing unity to the country.

The ABG is today celebrating a year in power following the first elections in June of last year.

Concerns remain about the activities of money scam operator, Noah Musingku, and other rebels but vice president, Joseph Watawi, says they have consolidated the peace in much of the province and begun providing essential services to almost all the people.

Helen Hakena who heads the NGO, the Leitana Nehan Women's Agency, agrees saying the government has brought people together in a way that would not have happened ten years ago.

"It is definitely to the credit of the ABG that people are now unified under one government. Even though there are little things like we've got Me'ekemuui, we've got U-Vistract still on the sidelines, but I think that the ABG should be commended for unifying people across Bougainville - it is something it has done."