Prime Minister

Partial or non-payment, let them enrol: PM

PM Peter O'Neill told parliament yesterday following questions by Wabag MP Dr Lino Tom.

Parliament was informed that institutions like the University of Papua New Guinea started turning students away during registration last week.

“If you look at the school fee structure, I think it is discriminatory of students whose parents are not so well off to afford to save enough money in one year, to send their children to school the following year,” the MP said.

Sogeri missing Funds to be investigated

This is part of the Koiari benefit funds as resource owners of water and electricity into the nation’s capital.

The lower Sogeri landowners went on strike on the 9th of January, and attempted to block off the Sogeri road, after it was alleged the missing K9 million was tempered with by those in authority in government.

PM announces tax reform

O’Neill said the reassessment and any reform that follows aims to make the tax regime friendlier.

The Prime Minister announced this during the 2018 Prime Minister’s Back to Business Breakfast in Port Moresby.

Prime Minister O’Neill advised the business community, who turned up in numbers, that some of the tax rates imposed on businesses and individuals are excessive and said interventions will be done.

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.

PM demands explanation from Correctional Services

The PM has further announced a ban on all day temporary release of prisoners, except under exceptional circumstances, until a review of procedures is undertaken, and the enactment of stronger penalties for prisoners who escape lawful custody as well as those who aide or harbour them.

“The escape of six prisoners on day release is intolerable and places communities at risk,” PM O’Neill said.

“Some of these prisoners have attempted escape in the past and should never have been allowed outside prison walls.

PM O’Neill confident on economy

O’Neill in a statement said a strong and stable government, supported by an overwhelming majority in the National Parliament, is the foundation that will guide us through the challenges and opportunities of the coming five years.

PM O’Neill said the country have been through very tough times, and there are challenges that remain but the Government will manage it amicably.

He added that the reduced world commodity prices, and the impact of drought, are among several factors that have placed pressure on our economy.

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.

O’Neill positive for this season

“And hopefully everyone has a very safe new year and I want to stress do it in a very orderly manner.

“We want to see you next year; we hear a lot of accidents happen during Christmas and New Year.

He gave an overview of the country thus far stating some of the challenges his government has faced against these backdrops.

“ In 2014, 15 we had a long eight months of drought, we’ve created a lot of stress in our business community and of course our own people.

O’Neill invites business leaders to APEC 2018

Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Vice Premier of China, H.E. Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, yesterday morning, the Prime Minister also promoted the key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.

“Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year,” PM O’Neill said.

Contractors to be held accountable

That was the clear message delivered by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when opening a new classroom in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

“Continuing to improve education is our government’s commitment to our future generations,” he reiterated.

“Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.

“In 2018 we have allocated K1.29 billion for the education sector, which is nearly 9 percent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 percent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.”