Manam Restoration Authority (MRA) have announced that the MRA board have met and resolved to close all care centres due to ongoing issues including social, legal and financial reasons.
The state of the Bogia road, one of the biggest challenges to the resettlement process, was also discussed by the board and a decision was made to address this.
Affected Manam islanders will no longer be resettled at Nubia Plantation due to various issues and will instead be resettled at the Anderum resettlement area in the Bogia electorate.
MRA Chairman Ken Fairweather has stated he will await Madang Governor Peter Yama and other leaders to come together and look for ways forward.
Local Manam leaders have also called on the Prime Minister James Marape to visit the volcanic island to see for himself first-hand the devastation caused by last week’s eruption, as well as previous eruptions.
Manam islanders have been living in care centres on mainland Bogia since the first major eruption in 2004 which displaced the entire island population.