Simbu Governor Michael Dua says for years the Simbu Provincial Administration has provided basic services to the Pawaia people of Baimuru in Gulf, EMTV News reports.
Dua says the people of Pawaia were neglected by the Gulf Provincial Administration despite territorial boundaries. Dua says the position paper highlights the reasons why Simbu is an affected province under the Oil and Gas Act.
"We believe these are our people and a little appreciation from the Gulf people will be valued," Dua said.
Dua says the people of Pawaia received health, education and welfare services from the Simbu Provincial Government.
He claims this part of Gulf was first visited by Lutheran Missionaries who were based in Simbu. He adds that Simbu's effort in Pawaia is visible today. "Schools, churches and health facilities are providing essential services to these people."
Receiving the submission, Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua said the Department would go through the details of the submission and a decision would be made in line with provisions of the Oil and Gas Act.
The Eastern Highlands Provincial Government also presented a similar proposal in 2019.