The?Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O?Neill CMG MP, has condemned misinformation being?used by the Opposition to?deceive the public over the State of Emergency in?relation to PNG Power.
?The?state of emergency was established under the Essential Services Act to restore?confidence in services and to?ensure reliability of power supply,? the Prime Minister?said.
?There?is no army callout, that is nonsense.
?The?only policing requirement would be in the event that PNG Power workers were?prevented form carrying out their?legitimate duties.?
?The?enforcement of the law is the job of police.?
The?Prime Minister said clear action is essential in restoring power and confidence?in the energy production sector of?the nation.
?People?around our country are facing interruption of services and difficulty of access?to reliable electricity supply.
?This?essential action is restoring services to those consumers who are being denied?access to power, and putting an?end to electricity theft.?
PM?O?Neill said the attitude of the Opposition was deplorable at a time when the?Government was making firm gains?to right the wrongs of past neglect.?
?The?do-nothing attitude of the Don Polye and Sam Basil is alarming.?
?The?Opposition would rather sit back and do nothing while there were people?stealing electricity and getting away?with it.
?Our?government has acted in a stern but firm manner to stop the stealing.
?The?amnesty has expired and, through this process, we have seen a number of people?step forward and seek to?correct their situation and we thank them for their?honesty.??The electricity capacity that?is no longer being stolen can?now be accounted for and used by people who pay?their bills.
?For?anyone who continues to steal electricity, be prepared that it is only a matter?of time before your power is cut off?and you will be prosecuted for theft.?