Goroka

Businesses in Goroka to be investigated

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu says he has already discussed with relevant authorities and has come up with an investigation team to look into issues faced by locals. This includes investigating salaries.

In an effort to weed out corruption in Eastern Highland Province, the Governor said it’s about time the Government does the right thing and fight for what rightfully belongs to its people.

He said many companies are operating illegally in the province and have used local people as cheap labour.

​3yo Bongre passes away

This has been confirmed by the members of the ‘Save Bongre’ fundraising drive, which was raising funds to support him.

The three-year-old succumbed to a rare form of cancer for children – retinoblastoma, that had affected his right eye.

It became his parents’ nightmare over the last two years.

Bongre’s story caught the country’s attention when mother Sinta and father Anton brought him to Port Moresby in search of answers.

Goroka camp anticipated in Kokopo

According to inside sources from the Kokopo camp, they are awaiting on the announcement from Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil.

However, Basil told Loop PNG that such talks are for leaders to discuss and he did not want to discuss further on the rumors.

The Kokopo camp currently has 15 MPs in camp but will be increasing as more MPs elect are anticipated to be joining them today.

Out of the 15, ten MPs are from the National Alliance Party while the other five are from coalition partners and independent MPs.

More updates to come.

Digicel Cup to resume tomorrow

First up at 2pm will see the EPG Enga Mioks play host to Waghi Tumbe.

Across to Goroka, the visiting Agmark Rabaul Gurias go up against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis.

In Lae, the reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers will do battle with the Kroton Hela Wigmen. This game will be televised live by TVWAN for the first time ever.

Finally down to the nation’s capital, the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers take on PRK Mendi Muruks.

All three matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

EHP official denies rumours of hijacking

A candidate in the Goroka open seat recently posted pictures on social media alleging that people are voting at will, without any control from the polling officials.

Koupa, when asked about the claims, said the presiding officer, at that time, allowed that to happen in order to complete polling on time.

"Sometimes, when polling is late, the presiding officer had to act on the best interest of the people by allowing them to vote and really don't need to call the roll."

"To me it's not hijacking of the election process," Koupa stated.

​Police break up rowdy crowd at PNC rally

Reports from Goroka stated that local police had to intervene and use force in a campaign rally yesterday (Tuesday) after the crowd became disruptive while the prime minster was speaking.   

The rally was for PNC candidate and Governor Julie Soso.       

PM Peter O’Neill told Loop PNG that disturbance was caused by a few people under the influence of alcohol.

“People sat down and listened for over 45 minutes of my speech,” said the PM.

“Police present were the only ones allocated to PM’s office.

Village association to raise funds for new library

The association plans to host a fundraising dinner scheduled for May 20 at Stake House in Goroka.

The library will serve about 500 people that live in the area and nearby villages including Kofica, Kabiufa, Gamuga and Makiroka.

The library project will include a learning centre for women and girls.

The library and learning centre will consist of books, internet access, sewing machine, oven and conference room for girls and women to learn basic life skills.

Kamaliki Technical Vocational Training Institute partners with PFIP

The Kamaliki Technical Vocational Training Institute formalised a partnership last Thursday with the United Nations Capital Development Fund through its pacific-based programme the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP). 

The partnership will see the development of Financial Education (FinEd) curriculum for young adults in Goroka.

Rural village praised for launching development association

The Gasagasa Development Association (GDA) was launched this week with a mission to empower rural village people with life skills and knowledge while bringing basic services to the community.

Most of its goals are adapted from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Police officer Sargent Naomi Mara of Rural & Urban in Policing congratulated the people for forming the association in their village as this will help cut down on law and order problems.

Village association aims to build rural library

The library will serve about 500 people that live in the area and nearby villages including Kofica, Kabiufa, Gamuga and Makiroka.

The library project will include a learning centre for women and girls.

The library and learning centre will consist of books, internet access, sewing machine, oven and conference room for girls and women to learn basic life skills.

This will help improve literacy level in the community and empower women or girls in the Notofana area.

The building will be powered by 5 X 250 w solar panels.