Richard Maru

K100,000 for medical symposium

Barrick Niugini Limited has joined the National Government to assist the Medical Society of PNG with K100,000 as a Gold Sponsor to host this important event that occurs annually on the academic calendar of the Medical Society.

The symposium will be held in Port Moresby from 1st - 6th September with the theme: “Health Education”. The objective is to address the poor health indicators by transforming the PNG Health workforce training to meet excellent standards and hence, meet PNG vision 2050.

Focus on people’s empowerment

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt, handed over the plan that charts a new course of direction for all involved in the development of the district, including all government stakeholders, civil society, churches and private sector partners.

Strengthened PNG-World Bank engagement

The visit yesterday (Aug 5) was part of the Energy and Extractives sector high level mission led by Ranjit Lamech, World Bank Director for Infrastructure in the East Asia Region.

The aim of the visit was to discuss key priorities of the new government in the energy and extractives sector. This is ongoing support to GoPNG for these particular sectors and the expected outcome is strengthened World Bank-GoPNG engagement.

Hand criminals over: MP

The suspects, numbering over 20, should be handed over to Police at Yangoru for their continuous hold ups on the Sepik Highway.

“The entire East Sepik Province and our people in Yangoru are fed up of these rascals who continue to hold up our PMVs and buses at the Marinjan Bridge at Boem nearly every two days. They have targeted the travelling public, especially our vanilla traders, to steal from their hard earned cash after their sales,” he said.

“I have met families who have lost K50,000, some K80,000 in a single hold up, which is totally unacceptable.”

Criminal justice system needs radical overhaul

Minister for National Planning and Chairman of the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC), Richard Maru, said this during the National Capital District Law & Order Summit recently in Port Moresby.

He urged all stakeholders and participants to come up with recommendations for radical overhaul to deal with what he calls a “very weak criminal justice system”.

Minister Maru said one of the factors is tolerance with people not reporting crime, even when committed in broad daylight and in front of people.

Minister shocked

An unexpected visit by Minister Richard Maru to his former school alerted him to the years of neglect faced by the Mount Hagen Technical College, which in turn has affected student intake.

The Mount Hagen Technical College is currently facing shortage in staff housing, water supply and has rundown buildings and outdated equipment.

Touring the campus on the 16th of July, the Minister was advised by the school’s board of governors that most of the buildings have not been renovated since his attendance in 1977 and 1978.

EU financing agreement countersigned

This is between the European Union and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

The signing concludes the higher level technical and financial commitment of the project, using his powers as the National Authorising Officer of PNG under Article 35 of Annex 4 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. 

The NAO is the direct counterpart of the European Commission delegation and responsible within ACP governments for the cooperation with the European Commission.

New complex for Madang technical

The elaborate and well-organised event saw the Minister of Finance and Rural Development unveil the signage of the new complex as well as make a further K1 million commitment to the institution.  

The commissioning of the new Tiduk Haus Administration complex marks the launch of a new era for the college that currently enrolls over 600 students.

Proud principal Graham Bidang said the technical college will no longer be a small institution tucked away in the corner of a lagoon in Madang, but will rise up to be a centre of excellence in education and skills training.

Maru gives update on police barracks

The mobile squad barracks project was stalled last year due to the unavailability of manpower.

Yangoru-Saussia MP and National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, said: “We are hoping that it will be completed by the end of this year. We are planning for 45 men and women to be in the mobile barracks.

“This is important; the policemen and women who will be based there will obviously provide security for the border, to compliment the work that the PNGDF are doing. They will secure East and West Sepik and of course the economic zone as well.”

Minister assures ACP

Minister Maru met the ACP Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, at the margins of the ACP EU Ministerial Meeting in N'Djamena, Capital of the Republic of Chad, Central Africa, on 3 April where they discussed, among other things, Papua New Guinea's role in the current ACP-EU Post Cotonou negotiations.