The National – Friday, December 31, 2010
By EVAH KUAMIN
THE East New Britain people have been commended for observing an incident and trouble-free Christmas celebrations.
Acting Governor Boniface Setavo, who spoke of behalf of Governor Leo Dion, said this yesterday.
Setavo said the behaviour and attitude of the people in observing Christmas was a testimony that the people had matured in their ways and the ENB government was thankful for this.
Setavo thanked the people in the province, adding that he was indeed happy that there had not been any major trouble apart from some incidents that had been reported to police.
This, he said, was the spirit of Christmas and people should not be engaging in big and unruly activities but small celebrations.
He also thanked and praised all community, church, youth, men, women and business houses and the police for their part in celebrating meaningfully.
He added that apart from the shooting dead of a prison escapee at Kereba and the arrest of a former MP’s relative for sexual offences, there had been no major incidents reported by police in the province.
Setavo said this was very encouraging for the province and also sent out a very positive signal to investors and international development partners of ENB, that people in the province were hardworking and law abiding citizens.
He added that despite the provincial law and order committee not imposing a liquor ban, people were well-behaved and celebrated moderately.
He also congratulated mothers who gave birth on Christmas Day.
Setavo urged the ENB public to maintain the same spirit into the New Year.