Minister for National Planning

PNG to source education materials from India

Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, said this during a meeting with the Director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Professor Hrushikesh Senpaty, and his administration in New Delhi on March 26th.

High hopes for Baiyer-Madang Road

Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, said this during a recent visit to Madang to see the progress of the work being carried out on the Baiyer-Madang road link by the PNG Defence Force Engineering Battalion.

Also with him was the Minister for Defence, Solan Mirisim.

“The Baiyer to Madang National Highway Road Link is a critical missing link with huge economic potential,” stated Maru. “The Government is therefore focused on ensuring that this road project gets the funding support it needs to be completed before the end of this year.”

PNG needs world-class laboratory: Maru

He made the comments in Lae last week following the commissioning of the newly installed laboratory equipment for the National Analytical and Testing Service Laboratory (NATSL) at the PNG University of Technology (UNITECH).

“The current building is not suitable. This country needs a world-class laboratory. One that is purpose-built and well laid out. We need the system, we need the training and we need maintenance. We must always have cutting edge technology,” Minister Maru said.

Minister appalled at state of Aiome Station

Together with the Minister for Defence, Solan Mirisim, both leaders were at Aiome on March 14th to see the progress of the work being carried out on the Baiyer-Madang road link.

They saw first-hand the urgent need for change in the area, starting with the vital road link that will open up the area for vital services and economic activity.

Delegation prepares for Post-Cotonou Dialogue

The purpose of the meeting is to engage with the EU on further discussions and dialogue in the lead up to finalising a new Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, or ACP Countries.

The Dialogue is convened as part of the process of political consultations between the different ACP regions and the EU on the negotiations for a Post-Cotonou Treaty in line with the processes endorsed to by ACP Group and EU at the launching of the negotiations in November 2018.

National Immunisation Plan urgently needed: Minister

Minister Maru has formally written to the Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu, requesting the National Department of Health to immediately complete a four-year plan for launching and implementing from 31st March 2019 in addition to the ongoing public immunisation work, which has progressed very well to date.

He said this was essential to meet the national target of achieving an 80 percent immunisation coverage by December 2022. Currently, the national coverage is at 40 percent from 2018 as the base-year.

Funding for new Mutzing police station

Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, presented a cheque of K500,000 to Member for Markham, Koni Iguan, while Markaham District will put forward K700,000 as its part of the counter-funding.

Present to witness the handover of the payment was Acting Secretary for the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Koney Samuel, and his Executive Officer, Dennis Kulanawi.

Minister Maru said the Mutzing Police Station was a strategic asset given the history of numerous traffic accidents along the Highlands Highway, including the Morobe section of the highway.

Lae mobile squad to work in ESP

The unit will be in the province for the next three months.

Minister Maru said the move to have MS13 in his district is to ensure law and order is maintained as the multimillion-kina Sepik chicken, grain and cocoa project kicks off construction phase in the coming weeks.

He urged the team to ensure the protection of State assets.

No need for motion of no confidence: Maru

In a press conference held today with the Wewak MP and Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, Maru said the people of Yangoru-Saussia district have seen tangible development and services reach them for the first time under this People’s National Congress-led government.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no need for a vote of no confidence because there is no justification to warrant one against the current government led by Peter O’Neill,” he stated.

TIPNG calls for full NID investigative report

This follows the suspension of former head of NSO, Roko Koloma, and the establishment of an investigation team into the NID project.

“In welcoming these positive steps taken by the Minister, TIPNG strongly feels that there is still much to be concerned about in terms of public interest and accountability of public funds apparently splurged on this project,” stated the anti-rot agency.