Peter O'Neill

PM extends condolence for late Kato Ottio

“It is with shock and great sadness that we have learned of the death of Kato Ottio,” the Prime Minister said.

“I extend the condolences of the people of our Nation to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Ottio, as we share your grief.

“The passing of someone so young, so fit and with so much promise, is hard to come to terms with.

“It was only a matter of weeks ago that he proudly wore the colours of Papua New Guinea on the world stage as a Kumul.

“We remember his courage and tenacity as rugby league star, and as an all-round athlete.

PM Commits K150,000 for Kadovar Disaster

PM O’Neill also commended the Governor of the East Sepik Province, Hon. Alan Bird MP, for taking the steps to arrange for the people of Kadovar to be evacuated to safety at nearby Ruprup Island, and to the mainland of Wewak.

The Prime Minister said the safety of people in the area around the volcano, and areas where there could be potential risk of tsunami, is of paramount importance.

“The welfare of people in the area around the volcano is of immediate concern,” the Prime Minister said“With volcanic or seismic activity, there is always the further risk of tsunami.

Spare a thought for others: PM

“Invite them into your home to share the spirit with you,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“Look after each other, and set an example for those around you.”

The PM says further says it is at this time of year we come together as a Nation.

“In our communities, our Churches and in our family homes, we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

“This birth in a manger in Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, was the start of a new era for humankind.

“Through our Christian faith we celebrate goodwill, and we share a belief in doing the right thing.

PM clarifies police budget cut

“We’ve got some issues in the police modernisation program that was one area that was cut, because some questions need to be answered about how the program is going, whether we are achieving the targets of police housing and modernising all our police stations around the country and equipping them properly.

“In fact, we spent hundreds of millions of kina in that project so those are areas we need to tighten up.”

However, the PM said the cut should not be taken literally.

Foreign media urged to be fair

O’Neill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.

“This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our country’s name has been dragged through the mud.

“In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country,” says the PM.

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”

PM applauds PNG Games athletes

At the closing ceremony of the games this weekend in Kimbe, West New Britain Province, the Prime Minister further highlighted the power of sport in bringing people together.

“Over the past two weeks, we have seen the best of our young men and women in our country,” the Prime Minister said.

“You have competed in many sports and showed us the great unifying power of the event that has taken place in our country.

“We have seen this a lot of times when we have hosted events over the last few years.

2018 budget based on commonsense: PM

“When we formed the Government in Alotau, we promised to deliver stable and sensible administration, and you can see that commitment evident in this budget,” the Prime Minister said ahead of the tabling of the budget by the Treasurer in Parliament this week.

“In this budget there will be no cuts to our core national priorities, particularly education and healthcare.

“We will deliver a productive and safe APEC summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves legacy in our Government agencies.

LOs want PM to deliver on promise

During the 2017 National Election campaign trail, O’Neill announced in Tari that the Government will transfer the 25 percent of Kroton shares (4.2 percent), worth K3.5 billion, to landowners from Hela, Southern Highlands, Western, Gulf and Central provinces.

At the time, O’Neill said this was in line with the spirit of transferring 17.4 percent of Bougainville Copper Limited shares to the people of Bougainville and the 33 percent ownership of Ok Tedi to the Western Province mine affected landowners.

VIDEO: PM on Kramer

He made the call after he was asked by Kramer to give evidence of corrupt dealings by leaders.

 

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