Community denounces alcohol, tribal fighting

Yokoloma is a community within the Special Mining Lease (SML) of the Porgera Gold Mine.

On 26 February, one of the biggest clan within the SML area, Mamai Clan, made up of people basically from Yokolama, Alipis and Panadaka, took ownership to denounce publicly the sale and consumption of alcohol, marijuana and illegal drugs. They also said no to engaging in unacceptable social activities such as tribal warfare or violence, carrying around offensive weapons in public and stealing and illegal mining within the clan areas.

Chronic disease in Enga: Police

He said the style of revenge killing was practiced in the past and does not reflect changes that are happening now in the Criminal Justice System in PNG.

Enga’s Police boss made this remark when addressing tribal leaders from Winikos village in Kombiam, after a man from the Pinai tribe was shot dead, allegedly by Wangin tribe members, on March 11.

Three teenage boys were also allegedly shot by the same tribe after the initial shooting.

Respect forefathers: Ipatas

Sir Peter made these remarks at the conclusion of the CLRC public consultation on the review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections in Enga recently.

He said the country had a good operating system but everyone keeps breaking the laws.

Governor Ipatas made several recommendations which include maintaining the preferential voting system, reducing campaign weeks, increasing nomination fees and adopting of the Electronic voting system.

CLRC concludes public consultation meet in Enga

CLRC chairman, Robert Atiyafa said lack of compliance, collusion between candidates and electoral officials and security officers, and strong Melanesian cultures consistently weaken democracy in this country.

When concluding its public consultation on review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections in Enga recently, CLRC chairman Robert Atiyafa said cheating in elections is widespread that candidates in many areas have done that to win seats in Parliament.

First harvest on display

Under the PJV Food Security program, they were able to acquire improved crop farming skills through the Agrikids program, which is targeted at school children.

According to PJV Executive Managing Director Anthony Esplin, the company is happy to support communities in re-establishing agriculture skills, particularly through agriculture oriented projects.

“I spent most of my career working in developing countries around the world, and I’m a very great believer in the power of mining companies to do good in the communities where we operate.

Thousands gather to welcome governors

This conference will be the first in the Highlands region where all seven governors of the Highlands provinces gathered to discuss issues in the region.

Host Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, when giving his official welcome speech, said this meeting is very important for the development not only for Enga but for the other provinces as well.

He said now is the time to change and do away with other law and order issues.

PPL installs generator for Wabag

PNG Power acting Managing Director, Ms Carolyn Blacklock, and Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, commissioned the generator on 22 April 2018.

Customers in Wabag are connected to the Ramu Grid supplied by the Ramu Hydro power station at Yonki. When there is a transmission or distribution line fault along the Okuk Highway, it affects the supply to Wabag.

However, this standby generator will quickly restore supply in such situations and continue to supply power to Wabag customers.

RPNGC will assist in relief efforts: Andrews

Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations, Jim Andrews, said this today while expressing his sympathy for families and victims of the earthquake, which is said to have claimed the lives of over 20 people and caused widespread destruction across these three provinces.

"Police in these three provinces are keeping a close eye on the relief efforts and will actively partake in all humanitarian aid activities in the affected places."

Porgera Mine reports damage to power generation plant

This followed a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the area on Monday, 26 February.

BNL executive managing director, Richmond Fenn, said the earthquake epicentre was located approximately 90km South West of the Porgera mine, close to the mine’s power generation plant at Hides.

“While the mine itself appears to have been unaffected by the quake, our primary power generating facility located some distance away in Hides has sustained damage, and is now offline,” Fenn said.

Public servants resume work in Enga

He told Loop PNG that he is yet to confirm whether the public servants are back at work or not yet.

However, Provincial Administrator Dr Samson Amean confirmed that public servants have resumed work since yesterday.

He told Loop PNG via text message that only a few yet to turn up at work while most have already resumed their duties.

He said the Provincial Management Team had their meeting in the province on Monday and the Provincial Treasury is in operational as well.

“Everything should be operational by the end of the week.”