Powes Parkop

NCD governor condemns killings in city

Parkop described the killings as barbaric and senseless, saying the alleged perpetrators cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

The first incident saw a Gulf man being slashed to death by a Hela man with a bush knife last Thursday over a K100 dispute whilst the second involved a Wapenamanda man allegedly killing Biou Pasa of Western origin with a bush knife attack which almost decapitated his neck over a 20 toea dispute. 

Governor backs Lagatois

The governor said he was impressed with the performance of the Lagatois invitational side that played against a strong Mendi select side at the inaugural Hope Cup Rugby League match in Mendi recently.

While giving his remarks on the success of Hope Cup main match between Port Moresby Vipers and Mendi Muruks, Governor Parkop also praised the young Lagatois outfit for putting up a brave performance with great display of strength, skill and speed, saying they are ready and can match any team in the intercity competition.

Work towards your goals, encourages Governor

In his New Year message, NCD Governor Powes Parkop said: “Make sure you keep the goals as simple as possible. Use the SMART strategy – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

“But, you can also be innovative and creative too. Whatever goals you set, make sure you work out the process needed to achieve them. Otherwise, 2020 will be just another 2019.

Governor to petition UN amid West Papua unrest

Speaking at a media conference on Wednesday (Oct 9), flanked by Noel Anjo of People’s Power Movement, Jeffrey Bomanak who is the Chairman of Free West Papua Movement or (OPM), Rex Buka of NCDC Youth Desk and James Yalya of NCD Governor’s Regional Office, Governor Parkop called on everyone in the city to declare this Friday as ‘stop work’ and show their solidarity to the fellow Melanesians suffering from the autocratic rule of Indonesia.

He also called on business houses and departmental heads to release their staff to express themselves freely to support this cause.

NCD Governor calls for responsibility

Speaking at the end of the Active City Development program’s weekly Walk and Yoga for Life at the Paga Hill Ring Road on Sunday, Parkop admitted that the Municipal Government, with the support from the National Government, cannot solve all the development challenges in the city alone.

Affordable, green housing deal signed

The deal, a first of its kind for PNG, is aimed at demonstrating a model for large scale affordable housing for low- and middle income families in Port Moresby, to help ease the growth of the city’s informal settlements.  It was announced by Governor Parkop during the Pacific Urban Forum, now underway in Fiji, which is focusing on the challenges of urbanisation in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations.

Repeal death penalty: Parkop

He raised this in parliament today, saying he visited the Bomana prison recently and found there are prisoners with a death sentence still in limbo because parliament has yet to decide on their fate.

Parkop argued that death penalty was not really punishing prisoners but giving them easy access to death.

“There are 11 prisoners in limbo, and all from other provinces, who are on death row and have been waiting for at least 10 years now, for parliament to decide their fate,” stated Parkop.

Women commissioners join NCDC board

Both Elice Siki and Motu Koita Assembly Representative, Mea-Lou Isaac, were sworn in as Commissioners of the NCDC Board at the City Hall Boardroom on June 24th.

The appointments were made by Governor Parkop due to vacancies arising from the passing of late Commissioner Janet Sape and the election of new members of the Motu Koitabu Assembly. 

Parkop applauds PM on commitment

PM Marape said in a statement this week that all settlements in the city would be developed into properly planned suburbs, adding his government wants to provide proper, affordable housing for the citizens starting with the cities and towns across the country.

Governor Parkop said the project, which he initiated in July 2018, progressed well with 200 allotments that have already been created at the Nine-Mile Quarry and Eight-Mile Moitaka Ridge.

He said they were currently under the surveying stage.

Governor aims for 1 million trees per year

To continue the campaign, Indian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Vijai Kumar, United National Resident Coordinator Gianluca Rampolla, Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Motu Koita Chairman Dadi Toka Jnr and representatives from the business community and city residents joined Governor Powes Parkop who led the city to take actions and to recommit to save the environment.

They took turns in planting 20 Kwila trees on June 5th at the foreshore of Idubada to Kanudi.

The campaign was launched on Sunday, June 02, with other two initiatives.