Garry Juffa

New KTOA President announced

Juffa welcomed Fitcher’s appointment, saying he was looking forward to working closely with the KTOA to advance the industry. “I congratulate Sue on her appointment and am looking forward to working closely with her, along with the other members of the KTOA, in working towards a sustainable future for the PNG Tourism industry.” Juffa said.

Concerns over Agriculture Funds

He made the comment sighting K750 Million under the National Agriculture Development Project that was squandered in 2012 by implementing bodies. 

Whilst Juffa applauded the Government for hosting the first ever Agriculture summit, however he called for guarantee that the same people who squandered K750 Million in Agriculture funds must not be allowed to handle any new monies meant for the sector.

He also called on the Government to look into the Oil Palm Industry Corporation issue, specifically for small holder Oil palm growers in his province.

Northern Governor condemns rape of minor

The victim was found dead on August 7, 2017.

A concerned Governor Juffa said we need laws to protect our children to prevent such abhorrent behaviour.

He said significant education and awareness to help children report and avoid becoming victims and serious penalties must also be done.

“I will review the laws and see what can be done to improve them for greater protection of our children,” Juffa told Loop PNG.

According to New Ireland Provincial Police Commander John Midi, the three suspects are now in police custody awaiting court hearing.

Extract positive lessons from situations: Juffa

“We don’t look at situation as mistakes or tragedies but look at them as educational moments and try to extract the positive out of those situations.”

He said even the most negative situation can become educational and positive.

Juffa made these remarks when speaking to his people in Popondetta town before the swearing in of the three Northern MPs.

He made reference to the past leaders where the two open MPs did not work alongside him to bring tangible services to the people of Oro.

VIDEO: Juffa Welcomes O'Neill

PNC Party Leader Peter O'Neill has indicated he will be in the province to open the brand new state of the art Operating theatre at the Popondetta General Hospital.

 

Juffa calls on Labour boss to step down

Juffa alleged that Morola had been sleeping in office and allowing illegal practices to happen right in front of her eyes.

He claimed that an officer attached to the department has been illegally issuing work permit to foreigners who have never spoken a word of English.

Juffa said even though English is a prerequisite for the work permit, the named officer continues to issue work permits and receive bribes.

He added that most jobs done by these expatriates, especially Asians, can be done by local people.

Manus refugee deported from Fiji

The refugee, Loghman Sawari, 21 from Irania fled to Fiji using a PNG passport and had misleading information on his Immigration Arrival Card.

According to Radio New Zealand International,  Sawari was taken to the Nadi International Airport Departures Area after police and immigration intercepted the vehicle he was in with his lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, this morning.

The pair were to meet with the Immigration Director Nemani Vuniwaqa.

Labor Minister admits corruption exists in Government departments

Juffa gave an example of Northern Provincial Government issuing a stop-work on a portion of land acquired by foreigners who cannot speak the English language.

“Is English a requirement before a work permit is issued?” Juffa asked.

He said similar instances are happening around the country where shopkeepers, security guards, drivers and others who are working cannot speak English.

“What is your department doing about this?”

“Does your department carry out regular inspections and prosecutions?”

Juffa condemns electoral reforms

He said it was totally absurd to be suddenly making amendments and reforms now when the Government had five years to do so with adequate consultation with all stakeholders.

"To not consult stakeholders such as the people, is totally arrogant and autocratic. It smacks of election rigging.

“Why now? Why also withhold funding for Electoral Roll updates for provinces and why delays on security assessments and other preparatory work?”

Oro leaders to meet with Higaturu over K50m demand

The relatives of the deceased in the road accident are demanding K50 million from the company.

Ijivitari MP David Arore told Loop PNG this morning that the company has been neglecting the people of Oro for years and not paying compensations whenever their vehicles were involved  in accidents.

“The people have shown their grievances and demand the company this amount because of the company’s neglect in paying compensations.”

Aore and Sohe MP Delilah Gore will be leading the team to negotiate with Higaturu oil palm.