East Sepik Province

K50m Boram airport upgrade

The K50,900,000 project was launched today in Wewak with the ground breaking ceremony by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase, and East Sepik MPs, Governor Allan Bird,  Wewak MP Kevin Isifu and Yangoru-Saussia MP Richard Maru.

The provincial head, despite being in the Opposition, was among dignitaries who welcomed the Prime Minister.

The Boram airport, which is currently 1,600 metres, will be extended by 120 metres.

ESP commits to enhance transparency

Provincial Administrator Dr Clement Malau said as the chief public servant, good governance is top of the agenda for his administration.

Since taking office in May of 2018, Dr Clement Malau made a commitment to focus on ensuring good governance and enhancing an evidence-based practice in the administration.

As the Chief Public Servant of the province, he hopes to live up to the expectations of the East Sepik people.

Road access after 18 years

The Wautogik road was opened yesterday by Yangoru-Saussia MP and National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, and Member for Wewak, Kevin Isifu.

People danced, cheered and celebrated the road opening.

For 18 years these villagers walked more than 4 hours to reach the main Highway to get PMVs to travel into Wewak Town or other parts of the province.

K500,000 pledged to ESP school

This announcement was made today at the school, in Boikin-Dagua LLG of Wewak District, by Minister Richard Maru.

Banak Primary School was established around 1967.

The school has stood the test of time for the last 50 years, producing some of the province's educated elites.

Hosting Minister Maru and local member Kevin Isifu, chairman of the school Oto Sawiembi outlined the needs of the school.

A complete revamp or at least building additional classrooms is their biggest wish.

Maprik initiates partnership with unis

This initiative follows agreements by the university and district to offer selected courses in the resource centre in Maprik, East Sepik Province.

District CEO Joshua Himina said he is pleased with this initiative and for the University of Goroka to be the first to come through is a stepping stone not only for the district but throughout the provinces.

Students are eager to learn and or further their education however, the absence of facilities makes it difficult for them.

Kadovar eruption: Sleeping volcano awakes

This follows the eruption of a sleeping volcano, which erupted at least 16 hours ago.

Kopar councillor Tom Kelly told this newsroom that the boats were sent out as soon as they noticed that something was wrong. However, the boats are yet to return.

Kopar is the nearest island – at least a thirty-minute boat ride to Kadovar.

Kelly said at the moment, thick clouds can be seen from the island, and the clouds are darker and increasing at an alarming rate.

He said they are yet to receive a response from the disaster office or government.

Why Dr Malau raised his hand for PA post

“I was motivated to support a leader like Governor Allan Bird in his aspirations to make a difference for the people of the East Sepik Province and be an example to the rest of PNG,” says Dr Malau.  

He says he is capable of taking up the provincial administrator’s position despite a background in health due to his credentials with Harvard University.

“Harvard public health taught me the values of humanity: Fairness, justice, equality, and using evidence for decision making in public health practice.

Wanted cop recaptured

Stanley Moui Jombu of Passam, East Sepik Province, was apprehended in Maprik last week after being on the run since June 20.

Unfortunately, Wewak Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector Peter Philips, said four others who also escaped that day are still at large.

They are Robin Weibi of Tomonoum Village, Nuku, Sandaun Province, Timon Kangapu of Hirae Village, Kopiago, Hela Province, and Nigel Tianguma Harvey of Mikarew area, Bogia, Madang Province.

Outstanding!

Once more, this bilum (string bag) lived up to its name at the recent East Sepik Provincial Day in Port Moresby.

Carried by a University of PNG student from the area, this particular bilum stood out in a crowd comprising of dark body paints and red and dull green coloured provincial flags.

Unlike the common smaller bilums carried with pride by most who are from Yangoru or associated with the area, this bilum was below knee length and stretched out in width.

Rebecca Lus is the proud weaver.

Crocodile festival - a must see!

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province, of Papua New Guinea.

The festival is usually held every first weekend of August and this year, it will be celebrated starting from the 5th through to 7th August.

The year 2017 marks the festival’s 11th anniversary. It celebrates one of PNG’s famous tribal heartland and the significance of the well-regarded crocodile - a significant part of the Sepik culture.