Both Elice Siki and Motu Koita Assembly Representative, Mea-Lou Isaac, were sworn in as Commissioners of the NCDC Board at the City Hall Boardroom on June 24th.
The appointments were made by Governor Parkop due to vacancies arising from the passing of late Commissioner Janet Sape and the election of new members of the Motu Koitabu Assembly.
Making the announcement, Parkop welcomed them on board, spelling out their job descriptions around the areas of affirmation of women rights, gender equality and women empowerment to make the city peaceful and safe for women and girls.
He added that gender equality is an important agenda that is shared globally and Port Moresby must also embrace this vision and goal.
“I am delighted to welcome our two distinguished women leaders onto the NCDC Board, as we need to collectively raise the role of women into leadership positions in our country,” he stated.
“While various initiatives have been put in place to increase opportunities for women, there is still a lot to be done and we must not relent. We just need to do it.
“Congratulations on your appointments as Commissioners of the NCDC Board. I welcome you to join us to lead the way for the future of our City. Gender diversity and inclusion is paramount to a balanced growth and development for the nation.
“With the additions of Mrs Elice Siki and Hon. Mea-Lou Isaac, it is my hope that we will see improvements, and a more targeted review and interventions of women’s empowerment initiatives in the City, women and human rights affirmations and better gender balance and representation,” Parkop added.
Siki is not only involved in the development of women’s rugby league, but also is an active participant of the Active City Development Program which is aimed at bringing the best out of women and girls and other city residents.
(From left: City Manager Bernard Kipit, MKA Chairman Dadi Toka Jnr, Motu Koita Assembly Representative, Mea-Lou Isaac, Governor Powes Parkop and Elice Siki)