By BOSORINA ROBBY
WORKING womenin the nation’s capital will no longer have to put up with abuse, harassment and fear whenever they board a bus to go to work, nor will they arrive late all the time once the 10 new stage buses hit the roads.
Speaking at the launch of the buses at in NCDC engineering division last Thursday, Port Moresby chamber of commerce and industry chief executive officer (CEO) David Conn said women in
the country were publicly abused and harassed.
“We are getting sick and tired of seeing this happening when women use the PMV to go to work and return home.
“They are even too scared to use their mobile phones, afraid of them being snatched by thieves.
“Most of them find it hard to work and are often late.
“With the introduction of these new buses, I am sure our women will feel safer and secure to use them,” Mr Conn said.
“The buses are an initiative of NCD Governor Powes Parkop to make the travelling of women and children safer and more reliable to ease the daily rush mayhem,” he added.
The buses were donated by the Brisbane city council in Australia, after being commissioned.
Mr Conn was optimistic that the new bus service would greatly benefit the residents in the next five to 10 years.
With a good turnout of the business sector’s big players at the launching of the buses, Mr Conn assured city management that they would be help in whatever possible when needed.