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.

Madang former PA appears in court

The pair appeared before Senior Provincial Magistrate Josephine Kilage yesterday with their lawyer.

They were arraigned or had their charges read in court before their case was adjourned to July 19.

Arresting officer Charles Kukari, accompanied and assisted by Kila Tali of Boroko Police Station, were also in court.

Both defendants are out on K4,000 bail each.

The senior officials were arrested and charged with abuse of office and misappropriation of K400,000 belonging to the Madang Provincial Administration.

Invest more in our people: Yama

Madang Governor Peter Yama is confident that sharing of resources among the APEC economies will benefit everyone in the APEC region.

Yama, who hosted a gala dinner for the APEC Senior Finance Officials delegates recently at the Madang Resort, raised this concern.

Governor Yama told APEC delegates that foreign direct investments must be encouraged in APEC economies as it provides funds to economies, supports infrastructure programs and creates job opportunities.

Former Madang finance officer arrested

The men were arrested on June 8 and June 10 respectively.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector Ben Neneo, confirmed their arrest today.

PPC Neneo told this newsroom that the arrest of senior provincial officers should serve as a warning to those that are involved in corrupt dealings.

He clarified that the two senior officers were arrested and charged with two counts of dishonesty under section 383, subsection 1a of the amended Criminal Code Act, and abuse of public office under section 87, subsection 1a of the Criminal Code Act.

Former Madang PA arrested

Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Ben Neneo confirmed his arrest to this newsroom today.

PPC Neneo said Aloi had been charged for dishonestly using the Madang Provincial Government funds for his personal use and official corruption.

He is currently out on a court bail of K4,000.

More updates to follow…

Sir Peter urges Madang MPs to work together

He said being a former Governor and Minister of the state, he always refrains from making comments on sitting MPs but urged them to work together and develop the province.

He said the MPs have been elected by the people and they must bring services to the people who mandated them.

Meantime, Sir Peter also raised concerns that Madang and the country as a whole is not really attracting good investors into the country.

He said the influx of Asians in Madang have raised eyebrows as to how they have entered the province.