Press Statement


The Deputy Opposition Leader, Hon Sam Basil has entered the debate on the Commission status for Lae City and the impact on Morobe Province and the way forward.

I am aware of the special needs of Lae city including the revenue generation as well as need for municipal services.

At the present we have special need to fix all the roads which we are unable to address within our available means .

The workers of Lae City Council are still waiting for their fortnights and these are immediate issues we as leaders must address.

While we appreciate the need to address the status of Lae City, we must consult widely on what is best for Lae, the surrounding districts and Morobe in totality.
Mr Basil said Lae City is covered by Lae Open, Nawae and Huon Gulf and in the proposed Commission, where will the boundaries start and end and with parts of the electorates being rural, what will be the roles of the respective Members of Parliament and the District and Local Government administration.

We must also address the level of municipal services that are provided and whether these are up to required standards.

The granting of Commission status will not solve the current problems nor transfer Lae into what we expect. We need to address the financial structure and management and operations of Lae City within the bigger Morobe Province.

Mr Basil said that the issue needs more consultation with relevant cost and benefit analysis including boundaries demarcation and functional responsibilities.

It is a serious issue as to where Morobe people will access hospital when Angau Hospital serves everyone from Lae City, Morobe Province and other provinces. Similarly we must address the education sector and other services where our rural people rely on facilities and functions that are in Lae City and how best we come up with a solution.

Whilst I commend our Members from Morobe for the initiative, we must also take in consideration the views of Morobe Tutumang and the people and as custodians, the people of Lae City including Nawae, Lae and Huon Gulf and all districts must have input in this process.

Hon Sam Basil, MP
Deputy Opposition Leader
Member for Bulolo Open


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