PM’s call lauded

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 17th April 2013

 WOMEN in New Ireland province have applauded the call by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to eliminate gambling in Papua New Guinea.

The provincial women’s council headed by Hedwig Yip endorsed the move during a recent workshop in Kavieng.

The council believes that gambling has been promoting poverty and other social problems in the family units.

“Gambling must be banned in PNG,” Yip said. 

“The mothers of New Ireland will never welcome pokies in our province. 

“We already appreciate the good work of the provincial government under the leadership of Sir Julius Chan and extend our support for a fair and better New Ireland for our children.”

She said people must learn how development and policies could benefit their children.  

“Pokies are not in the best interest of our culture or our family values,” she said.

Sir Julius said recently that New Ireland fully supported that call to eliminate gambling in PNG. 

“Gambling steals food from our families, susu from our children.  There is no place for gambling in our country, and I want to assure the prime minister that New Ireland will never allow pokies to operate in our province under my reign,” Sir Julius said.