New Ireland

Food shortage affects Namatanai secondary

The school’s principal, Leo Michael, made this known through a letter he wrote to senior executives of the Namatanai Advancement Limited (NAL) – the business arm of the Namatanai District Development Authority (NDDA) – asking for assistance to supply garden food through WFA Buying Point.

Michael said: “Due to non-payment of the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) component and provincial government not supplying rations, we request the supplement of garden food to sustain the messing while waiting for rations by the provincial government.”

NIPG to effect Road Traffic Act changes

This comes after its Provincial Executive Council meeting on the 26th of February took note of the Road Traffic Act of 2014, in particular the schedule of fees and effects of legislative changes.

Governor and PEC Chairman Sir Julius Chan directed all relevant stakeholders, including Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited and Road Transport Authority, to commence dialogue on the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the New Ireland Government and the Road Traffic Authority.

Lihir girls eye rugby league

The event, facilitated by the Lihir International Primary School, attracted 11 teams across local schools last year, with an increased number of girls who participated under the girls division.

Kul Destiny Primary School girls coach, Rachel Daniel, who had participated with her girls’ team, said ‘women in rugby league’ in New Ireland was now growing rapidly, describing it as a ‘positive sign’.

K1.9m paid as pensions

The payments were done recently by the Provincial administration to a total of 4,692 old people.

It was all smiles and tears of joy for senior New Ireland citizens above the age of 65 and people living with disabilities in Kavieng District as they felt the passionate embrace of the Government when they received their 2018 pension delivered to their doorstep.

A total of 4,692 both males and females received their pensions with much gratitude.

The sum total of K1,995,200, inclusive of the administrative payout operation costs were paid.

Time to work for the people

“We have to work together,” said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was recently in New Ireland Province for the opening of their two government buildings.

“We cannot continue to play politics for five years.

“Our people demand our attention. They demand our leadership.”

The PM urged all leaders, regardless of their political parties, to stand united.

About K6m for NIP buildings

“These two buildings took us almost 3-and-a-half years to build as we were over worried about costs and submitted cheap costs to the contractors,” Governor Sir Julius Chan told Loop PNG.

The Namatanai Government Haus is worth K2.5 million while the Government Official Residence Kavieng is about K3.5 million.

“And by any comparison, even today’s price, it is very cheap. If you do a building like that in Port Moresby, you’ll be very lucky to get any less than K12-15 million.

A unique province: PPC

"It is very peaceful. Even with the government delegation coming over for the opening of the Kavieng official residence, there was no need to request for extra manpower," PPC Ikumu told Loop PNG.

"The only issues we have are homebrew and drug abuse, with crimes related to them."

The PPC pointed out the similarity in crimes in the province with those in East New Britain, including sexual offences.

The Official Government Residence Kavieng was opened on Friday by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Request for autonomy ‘not an attack’

“Some people have interpreted it as if we are trying to separate ourselves from Papua New Guinea,” says New Ireland Province Governor Sir Julius Chan.

“As if we wanted to somehow weaken Papua New Guinea.

“That is the opposite of what we really want to do.

“We believe that the best way to achieve prosperity for all is to grant greater autonomy to the provinces as they show that they have the capacity and skills for this,” clarifies Sir Julius.

Mine anticipates rise in production

The upgrade network is part of improving and maintaining safe production and asset health in Lihir.

So far, 8.4km out of a total 11km haulage road has been upgraded.

The project involves engineered improvements to the road network by widening chicanes and narrow segments to straighter double lane sections, smoother road surface gradients.

Northern Governor condemns rape of minor

The victim was found dead on August 7, 2017.

A concerned Governor Juffa said we need laws to protect our children to prevent such abhorrent behaviour.

He said significant education and awareness to help children report and avoid becoming victims and serious penalties must also be done.

“I will review the laws and see what can be done to improve them for greater protection of our children,” Juffa told Loop PNG.

According to New Ireland Provincial Police Commander John Midi, the three suspects are now in police custody awaiting court hearing.