Powes Parkop

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. 

Brace yourselves, says NCD Governor

His call follows bad weather warning issued by the National Weather Service.

He said the wild weather recently had caused havoc along the streets, with flash floods spilling onto the roads, making it difficult for commuters.

Parkop also called on residents and corporate citizens to take responsibility and ownership of the drains and waterways near their homes and properties by clearing off blockages.

Parkop speaks on journalist’s suspension

Waide was suspended for a November 17th bulletin that reportedly was ‘not favourable to EMTV’ and goes against ‘the responsibility to report on all views, with freedom and fairness’.

In a statement, Parkop said: “I personally know Scott Waide and have followed his work and development over the years.

Leave refused for Petition review

On June 15 the National Court dismissed the petition Kandiu filed, challenging Powes Parkop’s win as NCD Regional MP.

The petition was found to be incompetent, and that the grounds presented would not affect the result of the election regardless.

He filed an application in the Supreme Court, seeking leave to review that decision of June 15.

11 grounds seeking leave to review that decision were presented before Justice Oagile Key Dinake, who sat as a Singe Supreme Court judge.