Gary Juffa

K60m outstanding: Juffa

Speaking at the handover of the province’s acquittals to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD), Juffa said they have only received K39.1 million during his first term as Governor.

The Acquittals reports are for the years 2013 to 2016.

Juffa said his province has not received its full share of the Provincial Support Improvement Programme (PSIP) funds as well as the Special Support Infrastructure Grants (SSIG).

He said between 2013 and 2016, they only received K29.1 million in PSIP and K10 million in SSIG’s paid once in 2013.

Juffa calls for fair treatment

Juffa has accused the government for disrespecting provincial governments and making a deliberate effort to dismantle the provincial government system.

Governor Juffa said the creation of District Development Authorities was a significant step in that direction; to remove the powers of the Provincial Governments.

“Disrespect and circumvention of the Provincial Government systems is at the highest ever since PNG gained independence by any National Government.

Juffa on MPs switch

He said all MPs crossing the bench, had done so because of funding constraints impeding service delivery in their districts.

In a phone interview with this newsroom today, Governor Juffa challenged the recently defected Opposition members of parliament, to ensure service delivery is priority for their people.

He claimed that the Government is using DSIP and PSIP funds to lure MPs to join them.

However, when welcoming the three MPs, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the MPs move to the Government was at their own accord and nothing to do with DSIP and PSIP funds.

VIDEO: Transnational fugitive

Oro Governor Gary Juffa has called on the government to be strict in allowing into the country, foreigners who have been deported.

Juffa raises concerns on illegal entry of foreigners

Governor Gary Juffa, said foreigners have been using PNG as their point of entry to other countries because our laws are not tough to disallow them entry into the country.

The vocal Governor said a particular foreigner by the name of Kevin Hekai continues to be involved in transnational crimes in the country.

Despite being deported in 2012, he was allowed back into the country in July 2017. 

“This particular guy is now in the country with a multiple business visa, operating his businesses illegally.

Juffa calls for proper procedure into logging activities

The argument stemmed from a question without notice raised by Ijivitari MP, Richard Masere, asking Tomuriesa to clarify the logging issue in the area.

When responding to questions from Richard Masere, Forestry Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa, said the project had been given the ‘green light’ with due diligent but was interrupted by the Provincial member, Gary Juffa.

“We have followed due diligence to award the logging permit and proper documents.”

Juffa calls for investigation into death

Juffa said John Kunikaz a landowner in Wanigela who has been vocal about the alleged illegal operations by Northern Product Forest Limited was found dead over the weekend, following an alleged assault.

Juffa also called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to sideline Forest Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa.

In a media conference, Governor Juffa said the death of the local landowner was highly suspicious given that the deceased had filed a police report stating his life was threatened by what he claims are criminals employed in the illegal operation.

Juffa raises concerns on transnational crimes

He said a small team of patriots in Customs, Police, Defense, NIO, Migration and also working in Government agencies recognized the danger and worked to strengthen their capacity to fight these criminals.

However, he said almost every entity created and positioned to fight transnational crimes have been dismantled.

Governor Juffa raised a supplementary question asking the Police Minister Jelta Wong to clarify if the police are doing anything to curb such illegal practices.

He said almost all the patriots are displaced or have been removed.

Juffa to challenge matter in court

The Governor says that his actions to halt further development to the project is reflective of this.

Moreover Juffa added that the parties that appeared in the joint Press Conference with Forestry Minister Douglas Tomuriesa on Saturday March 24th in Port Moresby represent the views of a small fraction of landowners.

Governor Juffa in a phone interview rebutted statements made at the Saturday’s press conference.

A long time coming

Governor Juffa said the opening ceremony is long time coming.

While he remains an opposition strong man, he is adamant to work with the government to facilitate development in the province.

He appealed to the National Airport Corporation to align its support with the Oro Provincial Government.

This he says is to ensure further development such as Popondetta’s improvement will complement the modernized Girua Airport.