Central Province

Illegal squatters to be kicked out: Governor

Central Province Governor Robert Agarobe sounded the warning as the Provincial Government is currently registering and confirming all assets owned by the Province.

The Governor said a business plan will be put against the province’s assets to drive the business and revenue making interests of the province.

Agarobe was asked on the status of the former Central Province Headquarters in Port Moresby, which is currently being occupied by squatters.

“It’s not about reclaiming. We own that piece of land. Those ones who are squatting they will be kicked out of there.”

Entire village population registered

They aim to pursue their mission to obtain a certificate of an Integrated Land Group.

They celebrated their achievement recently with the presentation of the NID cards and certificates.

They invited Governor Robert Agarobe to share in their achievement recently.

Egala Auna is the first village in Ward 4, and the first village in all 288 wards of Aroma LLG of the Abau District, to register under the NID exercise, in pursuit of an ILG certificate.

Rigo needs over K400,000 for NID exercise

This was the figure shared by the District Development Authority following a recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the PNG Civil Identity & Registration office.

Deputy Registrar Salome Bogasia sat with members of the Rigo DDA and local MP Lekwa Gure to formalise the understanding on Monday.

District CEO Koru Abe said: “We went through the MoU and did the costings. Over a period of three years we will need over K400,000, most of which will go to (logistics).”

Kosipe notes progress in potato project

Early this month Goilala MP William Samb visited his people with tools, which were bought with funding under the District’s Services Improvement Program, to assist them.

The K43,000 worth of agriculture tools were flown into Kosipe Village and distributed among the four main clans.

Two-hundred-and-twenty-two Tramontina knives, 220 spades, 68 hoe heads and 117 axe heads were shared.

They were to help with the English potato project; an initiative of Samb, with knowledge and skills support from the Fresh Produce Development Agency.

Family surrenders murder suspect to police

Paul Karuka, 21, of Kivori-Kui in Kairuku District of Central Province, is the alleged murderer of James Ikupu, 32, of the same village. Karuka is a year 12 student at Mainohana Secondary School in the Central Province.

It was alleged that on December 22nd, 2018, village youths, including the suspect and victim, were consuming alcohol. The suspect and the victim were cousin brothers. Whilst drinking a fight broke out between the youths and the suspect allegedly murdered the victim.

Karuka went into hiding after he allegedly committed the crime.

Rigo launches development plan

National Planning Minister Richard Maru, whose department was instrumental in assisting with the formation of the District plan, challenged Rigo to make use of the abundance of land.

The Rigo District Development Plan was launched recently at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

The event was attended by senior government ministers, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

An elated member for Rigo, Lekwa Gure, thanked the efforts of all partners that were involved in the development of the five year plan.

Central sets sight on Provincial Health Authority

The Governor for Central and members of the Provincial Administration were brought up to speed, after bringing to the National Department of Health, their desire to implement a Health Authority as soon as possible.

The Governor for Central and members of the Central Provincial Administration are adamant to have their development agendas made a reality.

Youths on murder charge allowed bail

Lua Iru and Wari Varage were arrested on April 8 after they allegedly killed a man on April 6 while fighting over a disputed land.

The man they allegedly killed intervened to stop the fight after they used fence posts to attack each other.

The deceased was struck on the back of his head. He felt pain to his head and was coughing up blood when he was taken to the Kupiano Health Centre.

He was later taken to the Port Moresby General Hospital but died on the way.

Goilala focuses on rural-urban drift

These plans were deliberated on during the district administration meeting in Kania Village, Goilala, Central Province.

The district development authority (DDA) meeting was brought back to the village with the aim of engaging leaders at the village level, thus encouraging collective decision making.

“We’d like to as much as possible bring service to our people, and bringing the DDA meeting to them is one way to let them know what we are doing at the DDA level,” explained William Samb, member for Goilala.

Passengers afraid

Josephine Ine'e, an emotional mother from Inawi in Mekeo, told media that many of them who reside in Port Moresby are hesitant to make the trip home because they are afraid of the constant abuse by police who stop trucks and search their cargo along the roads.

The operators were on hand to express frustration about constant abuse received by the personnel who at times are in unmarked vehicles and half uniform or plain civilian clothes.