13 Aug 2012

PNG governor committed to improving capital city

5:09 am on 13 August 2012

The re-elected Governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District says he's committed to improving the basic living conditions in Port Moresby.

Powes Parkop was declared winner of the NCD regional seat in the last confirmed result in the general election.

Since becoming Governor in 2007, Mr Parkop says he's aimed to transform the capital into a standard-setting city.

Mr Parkop says that in the past, Port Moresby was a city with a malevolent legacy, promoting crime, violence and bad values.

"Over the last four years we've managed to gradually but surely change that around. Moresby's much safer now, people walk around in the night, shops are opening in the night; we have reduced opportunity crime by 50 to 60 percent, we've reduced the prevalence of HIV and AIDs, we've started rebuilding the infrastructure."