Gulf Province

New communications tower for Kikori

Governor Chris Haiveta announced the tower has been paid for and will be shipped up to the Station soon.

He announced this at Kikori Station recently.

“There will be a tower that the provincial government is putting up here. We've already paid for it, and it’s a matter of time for them to ship it across and the tower will be put up here by Digicel. So your communications issues are resolved,” said the Governor.

Gulf Pipeline LO’s receive LNG benefits

The Benefit rollout is the first since the signing of the Umbrella benefit Sharing Agreement (UBSA) in 2009 and the first flow through and shipment of LNG in 2014.

This follows the completion of landowner identification, the opening of clan bank accounts, and the election of directors to the board of their landowner company.

It was a historic occasion with Petroleum Minister, Kerenga Kua, and Gulf Governor, Chris Haiveta, accompanying Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) Managing Director, Augustine Mano, to announce the benefit roll out in Kikori on Wednesday.

K165m budget approved for Gulf

This include airstrips and feeder roads in districts and LLGs.

Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta said the budget yesterday is framed along the theme ‘Restore Governance, Strengthen Institutions and Improve Government Services in Health, Education and Infrastructure’.

Governor Haiveta said one of the main priorities under the budget is to reopen important links costing over K50 million, the highest allocation.

Jungle Intelligence on a mission

Pukari in Malalaua district is the first to accept the idea initiated to formally organise themselves through landowner associations.

Jerry Sarufa, founder of JI, says the idea is to network the communities with business, corporate and private entities.

But first, there has to be proper documentation and paperwork in order to enter formal arrangement or agreement with entities they wish to partner with.

Sarufa’s team travelled into Gulf on April 4 to see the progress on ground, which he said was impressive.

Human resource an issue for remote village

For Pukari, a remote community in Gulf Province, human resource is an issue.

The blame may fall back to Pukari Primary School, but there are many other external contributing factors.

Shedding light and expressing concern was the current headmaster Erevai Toere.

The school has 297 students from grades 3 to 8. There are 80 students in each class, and only 6 teachers to cater for them.

On average, less than 10 students pass on to do Grade 9, either at the Kerema Coronation Secondary School or Malalaua High School.

Pukari speaks up

But for the first time, Pukari in Gulf Province were able to speak up for their rights.

These needs include the right to access clean drinking water, primary health care, education for all and road link access, among others.

Road link is top on their agenda.

Even though Gulf Province is connected to Port Moresby by land, the feeder roads into the communities have deteriorated and are inaccessible.

This has in turn impacted other services like health and education.

Gulf needs ‘worsening’

Communities in Gulf are now taking ownership to establish a pathway for development.

And this is through the traditional structure system, which with modern influence, has since been broken down.

Assisting with this is Jungle Intelligence to oversee villages building back traditional landowner structures based on their customary landownership.

This structure follows options to partner with government and other agencies to build the needed services.

Unresolved issues for Gulf: LOs

Changing the name from Papuan LNG to Gulf LNG Project and approving the Gulf LNG under the revised PNG Oil and Gas Act are amongst the list of agendas the people are pushing for the provincial and national governments and developers to resolve.

The people from Ihu, Baimuru and Kikori say they will not give away their petroleum and LNG resources cheaply without voicing their objections.

They are demanding for the government and developers to accommodate their views and clearly spell out their equity benefits before the project proceeds.

LOs maintain ‘No Pipeline Policy’

The landowners say they maintain a ‘No Pipeline Policy’ but claim the silence from the provincial government is proving otherwise.

For the last 10 years, Gulf Province has maintained a No Pipeline Policy. However, the landowners are suspecting the silence of the provincial government may mean they are supporting the project developer for gas pipeline out to Central Province.

The landowners say if this is the motive of the Gulf Provincial Government then it is contradicting the wishes of the people of Gulf Province.

3 more Gulf men arrested for fraud

The first arrest was carried out on 2 February in NCD, which saw Luke Damu from Wowobo village, Kikori District, get charged with:

  • One count of official corruption
  • One count of false pretence
  • Four counts of making documents without authority
  • Two counts of conspiracy to defraud
  • One count of offering bribery and
  • One count of misappropriation of K274,250.28 belonging to Gopera Investment Ltd