Peter O'Neill

O’Neill welcomes Oil firms deal

He said the deal will deliver tangible benefits for Papua New Guinea.

O’Neill also highlighted the benefit of the execution of a MoU between Oil Search and Total for a back-to-back sale of Oil Search’s interest acquired to Total following the completion of the InterOil acquisition.

“This acquisition will provide cost savings and efficiencies for our nation’s greatest growth opportunities, which will directly benefit the people of Papua New Guinea,” he said.

No end in sight for student boycotts

Peter O'Neill has not acceded to the demands of students at the University of PNG, who are calling on him to resign over a major fraud case he is implicated in.

Police fraud squad officers had secured an arrest warrant for Mr O'Neill over the matter two years ago, but his lawyers have launched a series of challenges which are yet to be finalised in court.

A spokesperson for the university's student representative council, Gerald Tulu Manu-Peni, said the students were pondering their next move, which could include a mass withdrawal from courses.

Hela and SHP MPs promise to deliver projects initiated by late Agiru

Loop PNG’s Political and Business Editor FREDDY MOU reports on events after his death at the PIH.  This is part three of a four-part series.

In a collective statement, the MPs expressed their desire to see the projects and commitments of the Late Governor to be continued and properly funded by the Government.

They highlighted that many of these projects are ongoing and the Government has already started implementing these for completion in Hela and the Southern Highlands.

Namah calls for PNG to remove PM

In 2014, the then opposition leader Belden Namah challenged the deal between Australia and PNG to open the Manus centre for offshore processing of asylum seekers who had tried to reach Australia.

PNG's Supreme Court last month ruled that the Manus arrangement was illegal.

Belden Namah said the ruling nearly three weeks ago showed that Mr O'Neill attempted to vandalise and compromise PNG's constitution to serve the policy interests of a foreign government.

O’Neill calls for normalcy in university campuses

O’Neill said he has the greatest respect for the students, their rights and all the academic institutions in the country.

In a statement, O’Neill said his government, when it came into office in 2011, committed to invest in education for the children because investments in quality education, and giving every child an education, is vital for the economic health, prosperity and unity of the country.

“To date, this government is investing billions of kina in upgrading and building new educational infrastructure everywhere in the country.

PM calls on students to think before acting

“They will not be there for you when you are in trouble.

“Take it from me. I was a victim of outside influence when I was a student at the UPNG.

“I was involved in student protests and strike because people told us that we, students, were the protector of the rule of law and representative of the silent majority.

“When I was in trouble, no one came to rescue me. All the friends and people who influenced me were never there when I needed them.

Students refuse to give Tabar their petition

“We will only give this petition to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill,” UPNG president Kenneth Rapa said this afternoon in front of more than 5,000 students.

The students had waited for the Prime Minister since 10am this morning at the UPNG Forum Square, Waigani campus.

Around 3pm, the ministers convoyed with police escorts to the campus. Accompanying Tabar was Petroleum Minister Ben Micah, Finance Minister James Marape, Works and Implementation Minister Francis Awesa, chief secretary Isaac Lupari and OHE director general Professor David Kavanamur.

PM Condemns Reckless Litigation by now-former MP Polye

PM O’Neill said the application brought by the now-suspended Member of Parliament and Opposition Leader should never have been brought forward in the first place.

“I welcome the ruling handed down by the Supreme Court that proves that the UBS Loan was obtained within the laws of country,” the Prime Minister said.

“The State took on the loan so that our people could have a healthy investment in our resources sector.

“This was a sound decision, made with full legal consultation, and should never have been the subject of such malicious litigation.

Former PM reiterates call on O’Neill to step down

Sir Mekere in a statement said O’Neill should allow the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to take up his challenge to find whether there is evidence or not that he (O’Neill) benefitted financially from the Paraka scandal.

“He should also allow them to continue their wider investigation into all aspects of the case, and he should assist their enquiries by presenting himself to Director Matthew Damaru and his colleagues for questioning.

PM O’Neill to accompany late Agiru’s body to Hela

Finance Minister and Tari-Pori MP James Marape revealed this when conveying his condolences to the family of Hela Governor late Anderson Pawa Agiru.

Late Agiru passed away on Thursday morning after succumbing to a heart attack. 

In a statement Marape stated: “I have been with Late Agiru since 1991 when he first contested for the Southern Highlands by election and today to see his demise leaves me and his people profound sadness.

“Hela is in mourning and I request our people to be in peace, harmony and unity as we mourn the loss of the Leader of Hela people.