Madang

Madang in a political frenzy

Two attempts by Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, to address the crowd on Tuesday, responding to the Prime Minister’s remarks on service delivery at the airport project launch, and later at Bates oval, was downplayed by the government MPs.

The crowd that gathered to hear the leaders clearly had opposing views.

While it may all be politics, Madang town mayor Joe Yama, while speaking at the Bates Oval on Tuesday afternoon, appealed to the leaders not to fight amongst themselves.

“People want service,” he made the appeal on behalf of the 10 councils and people of Madang.

Madang airport project launched

The contingent was welcomed at the airport by Madang Governor Peter Yama where they proceeded to his first engagement of the day.

The ground breaking ceremony of Madang airport will pave way for an aircraft pavement upgrade, new terminal building and other associated works.

This is a project valued at K77.5 million under Civil Aviation Authority’s CADIP program – jointly funded by ADB and World Bank – and will be built by HBS and ASSAR contractors.

Construction will commence in March and is anticipated to be completed in August 2020.

Sumkar MP adamant to change district

The Sumkar district authority funded a facility to process roofing irons and metal walling.

The roofing iron and metal walling will be processed and distributed to every household on Karkar Island and the Sumgilbar local level government areas which make up Sumkar district.

Mr Nangoi aimed to build modern homes for every household in the electorate by 2030.

He said the Sumkar district development authority has rolled out the project under a tight funding of K500, 000.

Yama calls for transparency on PMIZ project

The Department of Commerce and Industry recently launched the PMIZ individual land titles in Port Moresby last November.

The 10 individual titles will be on the market to lease to 10 locators (tuna processing companies) within the PMIZ project site in Madang Province.

Madang Governor, Peter Yama, has raised grave concerns on the launching of the PMIZ individual titles last November in Port Moresby.

He said the titles were launched there while the project is in Madang.

Largest criminal class action to be reviewed

89 men who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Madang National Court on 24 July will have their sentence reviewed.

These 89 were part of a group who attacked people they believed of practicing sorcery, in Sakiko village, near Ramu, in the belief of cleansing the community.

That incident also saw eight, who were directly involved in the wilful murder of seven men, including two boys, aged five and three years old, given the death penalty.

Doni Kakiwi and 88 others who received life sentences filed an application seeking leave to review their sentence.

Madang hosts 9th PNG Human Rights Film Festival

The films shown over the three-day programme, embodied the Festival’s theme, “Stand up today to change tomorrow”.

Audience members were challenged to consider their individual responsibilities to respect human rights and to take action to address human rights issues facing Madang, and PNG.

The festival included films on forced evictions, sorcery accusation related violence, and a film on renowned PNG singer, the late Moses Tau.

Torot awarded for serving Madang since 1974

Having served the people of Madang for more than 40 years, Torot believes nepotism and unfair distribution of basic services most often occurs because locals are being employed in the public service of the province.

Peter Torot has served the people of Madang since 1974, at the tender age of 19 and boasts of being one of the first public servants to discover the lost Hagahai tribe of Madang, who lived at the border of Western Highlands, Madang, Enga and East Sepik provinces, in the mid-80s.

Madang leaders awarded

Madang Governor Peter Yama awarded the leaders on behalf of Governor General Sir Bob Dadae.

This was one of the main highlights of the 2018 Maborasa festival in Madang.

A total of 135 leaders were recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for their services to the people of Madang.

Governor Yama said this was history in the making as it was given to recipients in the province apart from its traditional venue at the Government House at Konedobu, in the nation's capital.

He thanked Sir Bob for his understanding and for recognising the recipients in the province.

Misunderstanding leads to call for Aust’s disengagement

The situation arose when the Australian Defence Force helicopter that was supposed to be used for emergency on Manam Island could not be used today.

Madang Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector Ben Neneo, said they were told by the Australian Defence Force that there were no protocol to use the helicopter.

PPC Neneo said he was confused as to what protocol they (Australian Defence Force) were referring to during this time of disaster.

"What protocol are we not following?

Madang’s first step in tackling lawlessness: MP

Madang MP Bryan Kramer says one of his 2017 election campaign policy was to address urban drift, hence the exercise.

Once known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Madang town has now become one of the most notorious centres in the country.

Now into its second week, the social mapping program was rolled out to address the escalating urban drift and lawlessness that has plagued the once peaceful town.

“We’ve started social mapping…up to 300 houses already in one area of Madang where there’s a settlement that turned up in the last 5 years on church land,” stated Kramer.