The National – Monday, January 31, 2011
THE Manam relocation exercise team headed by Governor James Gau will be looking to resolve the Manam conflict once and for all, in the true Melanesian way.
Gau, who was recently promised K10 million by the National Executive Council (NEC), had set up an office specifically to deal with Manam affairs.
Gau expressed his dissatisfaction over the non-performance of the national task force, which only met once last year describing them as a “White elephant that did not reflect the Manam issues”.
“I am in the process of finalising a peace process plan which will include reputable persons with good social standing in the community chosen from the various districts. They will be Madang people themselves who understand how Madang people think. We want to sort this out the traditional Melanesian way,” he stressed.
Gau who was accused of duplicating responsibilities already performed by the provincial disaster committee, said the aim was to hand pick personnel who could be trusted to get the job done without interference from other so-called “task force groups’ in the province.
The team will organise a planned peace ceremony between the Bogia mainland and islanders as their first order of business.