THE North Nasioi chiefs in Central Bougainville don’t want Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to set foot on their land in Arawa.
PM O’Neill is scheduled to visit Arawa in two days before the start of polling on Thursday, June 22.
He will be in Arawa to campaign for incumbent Central Bougainville MP Jimmy Miringtoro.
During the visit, the PM will officiate at some projects built from the district’s District Support Improvement Program (DSIP) funding.
However, the chiefs have refused to receive the PM because of “empty promises” he made during his maiden visit to Arawa in January 29, 2014.
Spokesperson chief Frank Nigu recalled during that visit, Prime Minister O’Neill had made a commitment to fund the Bougainville Satellite Communication Link Project in North Nasioi.
This is a K5 million communication project that should be funded under the Special Intervention Fund which to date never eventuated.
The document registration number for the project is 3654 under the Prime Minister’s commitments.
The chiefs have also queried the incomplete Dangkua health centre at Topinang and the Tunuru Catholic Parish church building.
They said the projects have been gazetted, tendered and the contract awarded but “there’s no money” to complete the projects.
North Nasioi is one of the constituencies in Kieta district of Central Bougainville where Arawa Town is situated.The constituency is the gateway for the Central and South Bougainville through the Kieta and Loloho wharves. The chiefs are calling on PM O’Neill and Central Bougainville MP Jimmy Miringtoro not to use them, the people of Central Bougainville and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville for their own benefit.
“What must be honored must be honored. Commitments must be fulfilled. Promises must come true. If not, we don’t want to see your face, we don’t need you here in our area,” Chief Nigu said, adding that it is time to vote out corrupt people who are holding the people at ransom.