Gov’t to address plight of Shortland villagers

Hungry community protest last week
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THE Government has assured the people of Shortlands, Western Province, it will attend to their food shortage issue.

The assurance came after a group of 50 people of Shortlands breached the border restrictions and protocols to travel to Bougainville in search of food supplies and money.

Chairman of National Disaster Council, Dr Melchior Mataki said the Livelihood committee, which is part of our National Disaster arrangements in Western Province, together with supports from Prime Minister Office as well as National Disaster Management office, are finalizing a short-term food relieve for the shortlands .

Mataki, who is also Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), said it needs more bit of inputs in terms of some more suppliers to go into that.

He said for longer term, the Oversight Committee has also taken a decision to the Border Committee for the reopening of border.

Mataki said in terms of short term relieves, that has been looked into by appropriate committee of their National Disaster Management arrangements which is the Livelihood Committee with the leadership of Western province.