15 Jun 2006

Bougainville government says most have essential services after first year in power.

11:09 am on 15 June 2006

Parts of Bougainville which have been without essential services for many years now have schools and health clinics, and the Papua New Guinea province's autonomous government says this is one of its key achievements to date.

The ABG is today marking its first year with a number of events, including a parade in Buka.

The vice president, Joseph Watawi, says they have consolidated the peace in much of the province and this has allowed them to extend essential services.

Helen Hakena, who heads the NGO, the Leitana Nehan Women's Agency, says the people in areas such as the no go zone around the Panguna mine had gone without these services for many years.

"Now they have some schools re-opening up in those areas. They've got aid posts opening up in the no go zone areas and they have got their mobile clinics, like the nurses go up to the no go zone areas now.."