National Government

Time is of the essence!

Time is of the essence as the people of Bougainville have only six months left before they go to the polls on October 12th.

Though the Government has pledged K30 million to BRC – which was to be paid in three tranches – the Commission has only received K8.7 million of the funding.

Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, said April 11th was the deadline for the second tranche. The third K10 million is expected no later than May 11th.

Tkatchenko: National Government did not release funding

Tkatchenko made this statement today after it was reported in the media that Tonga is currently processing its withdrawal documents to be submitted to the 2019 Pacific Games Council.

 “Our commitment and assessment that we did for Tonga to host the Pacific Games has basically stalled and will not continue. We had not paid them any funding whatsoever.

“We had offered them assistance through our own personal staff to go to Tonga and train their staff in that regard.

No customary land to be bought: Maru

That is the guarantee from Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Richard Maru.

Maru is the local Member for Yangoru-Saussia Electorate, the location of the SEZ Project in East Sepik Province.

He said the project will start at Kanuki, which is a State land.

“Government is not interested in buying your land; we want to empower you to engage in business opportunities,” Maru said.

He appealed to his people not to believe rumours on social media that the government will take all their land.  

Govt given seven days to respond to Telikom petition

The warning was delivered during the delivery of the petition to Chief Secretary Isacc Lupari yesterday by PNGCWU.

The PNGCWU have urged the Government to address pointers in its nine page petition or return with a response with a week or else a secret ballot will be carried out on whether strike action is taken.

The warning follows three day sit-in protest over several government announcements recently.

NYDA set for a major drug and alcohol abuse campaign

The National Government has intervened in setting up a national body known as the National Youth Development Authority (NYDA) to create a sustainable future for our young people in the country.     

NYDA Director Norit Luio says schools on NCD will be visited to talk about the immediate effects of the use of illegal substances like drugs and alcohol, underage pregnancy, bullying as well as school fights.

“The program will commence by the end of October and a good number of high schools are expected to get a visit from is in NYDA,” he said.

Give major impact projects to locals, says resident

Epo spokesperson Moiu Koaru told Loop PNG this following the celebration of the final sealing of the Malalaua-Epo road in Gulf Province on Thursday.

Dekenai Construction Ltd started work on the 57km road in 2014, under project manager Jim Taparu, who is also from Gulf. Koaru stressed that based on the successful implementation of the project, it can be concluded that local contractors have a sense of ownership.

Govt urged to pay outstanding super funds for employees

The State still owes public servants K62 million.

PNGNA vice - president Fredrick Kebai appeal to the Government to settle the outstanding monies owed.

He added that from the 8,000 plus nurses nationwide, 6,000 are employed  in public hospitals.

Nambawan Super board chairman Anthony Smare said with the current economy conditions of the country, the National Government can use other means to settle the debt.

He told contributing members in Port Moresby during its open awareness, that giving State assets to the super fine can be avenue.