Petrus Thomas

Fourth batch of refugees fly to US

The fourth batch left Port Moresby for the US on Tuesday morning, says Immigration and Border Security Minister Petrus Thomas.

The departure of the 18 refugees brings the total to 102 refugees so far being resettled in the United States.

The first three batch of 84 refugees who have already resettled in the United States.

“I am happy for this group of refugees to be moving on with their lives in the United States," said Minister Thomas.

23 unlawful non-citizens deported

The Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, said this was a result of the joint agency spot check operations conducted by PNG agencies in Port Moresby in October of last year. 

The last two foreigners that were apprehended and charged from the joint operation were removed last Monday after spending time in detention at Bomana Correctional Service.

Manus issue: Immigration Minister acknowledges court’s ruling

He said the court found that the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia agreed to close the Manus Regional Processing Centre on the 31st of October 2017, which is in compliance with the Supreme Court’s previous ruling in April 2016.

“The court stated that residents of the now decommissioned MRPC are required to vacate the MRPC and move into the new facilities provided which affords them the exercise of their constitutional rights.

PNG outlines issues for Aust to consider

The Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, says a number of issues need to be considered by Australia as the Manus Regional Processing Centre (MRPC) closes tomorrow (Oct 31).

“Whilst the governments of PNG and Australia have agreed to close the MRPC, there remains a number of important issues that need to be addressed in a revised Regional Resettlement Agreement (RRA) going forward in dealing with the residual cases that will continue to remain in Manus and other parts of PNG.”

South Fly health centre to be upgraded

The centre has been catering for referral for the province and providing vital primary health care services, including the management of tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant TB to inland non-treaty villages of the south fly district.

Work will commence shortly following the ground breaking ceremony, which was eventuated by PNG Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, and Australian High commissioner Bruce Davis, on October 12.

​Minister directs policy changes for immigration

The Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, recently made the announcement that a system will be put in place to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority. 

Independents align with PNC

Komo-Margarima member-elect, Manasseh Makiba, and Koroba-Lake Kopiago member-elect, Petrus Thomas, both said today they will align with PNC but maintain their independent status.

Joined by returning MP for Tari-Pori, James Marape, both candidates highlighted the need for stability in government and continuous service delivery.

However, they mentioned they will commit to the coalition if the government commits to address issues in their respective electorates.

New MP sets sights on road infrastructure

“The important need my people will want immediately is a good road infrastructure because the road network system from Koroba to Lake Kopiago was built during the colonial times,” says Petrus Thomas.

However, he knows it will not be a one man job and needs a good administration to deliver in the five years.

“I need to settle down and get my administration in order first,” Thomas said.  

The Independent candidate also has health and education on top of his priorities.

I am still an independent candidate: Petrus Thomas

“I stood as an independent candidate, and I remain as an independent candidate,” Thomas said today.    

“I will stay as an independent candidate and monitor the formation of the government and if I see a possible party that will form the government, it is my people’s choice that I must be in the government.”

Thomas comments followed a photo on Facebook showing him being welcomed by Prime Minister and PNC party leader, Peter O’Neill and Tari – Pori MP James Marape in Mendi after his declaration on Sunday.