Richard Maru

No need for motion of no confidence: Maru

In a press conference held today with the Wewak MP and Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, Maru said the people of Yangoru-Saussia district have seen tangible development and services reach them for the first time under this People’s National Congress-led government.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no need for a vote of no confidence because there is no justification to warrant one against the current government led by Peter O’Neill,” he stated.

Minister clarifies appointment of agriculture boss

It was alleged on social media that Minister for Planning Richard Maru orchestrated the appointment by appointing a candidate not in the top three list of candidates.

When contacted by this newsroom, Maru said the selections of the appointment of the Secretary for Agriculture were done by the Department of Public Services. He added that he had nothing to do with the appointment.

Minister Kapavore has also lashed out at critics on social media, urging them to refrain from issuing misleading information.

Govt spending exceeds revenue: Maru

Maru says our population has quadrupled since Independence and continues to grow at an alarming rate of 3.1 percent per annum.

Speaking at the opening of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) forum today in Port Moresby, Maru said PNG will continue to struggle to meet the requirements of our growing population unless we grow the internal revenue significantly.

He states we need to start planning on reducing population growth to a more manageable and sustainable level in order to access basic government services.

Wewak next on NID list

This follows the successful commissioning of the NID roll-out in Pomio; one of the most remote districts only accessible by air and sea.

National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru recently made the announcement.

Connecting provincial capitals provides people in remote and rural areas a means of getting connected to PNG Civil and Identity Registry’s BID Database in Port Moresby.

TIPNG calls for full NID investigative report

This follows the suspension of former head of NSO, Roko Koloma, and the establishment of an investigation team into the NID project.

“In welcoming these positive steps taken by the Minister, TIPNG strongly feels that there is still much to be concerned about in terms of public interest and accountability of public funds apparently splurged on this project,” stated the anti-rot agency.

Kubalia secondary anticipates major changes

Minister Maru said this when visiting the school on October 4th.

The visit was the first in around five years and Minister Maru returned with an important gift.

Minister Maru made a long awaited return to Kubalia to visit its secondary school and to make a significant presentation; a brand new school truck.

Welcomed by hundreds of locals, Acting Principal, Ken Guambagi, thanked Minister Maru for the presentation.

Work on Numbo Bridge set to start

He said he has been advised by Works Secretary, David Wereh, that the materials of the bridge will arrive this week.

The Numbo Bridge will cost K10 million and will be over 50 metres long.

“On the 9th of October, 54 metres in materials of the bridge will come down from Wewak. And the Department of Works will work on both sides to get the bridge up,” said the Minister.

The construction of the Numbo Bridge will accompany construction of the 4-in-1 classroom and four teachers’ houses of Numbo Junior High School.

MTDP III is ambitious: Maru

The Five Year Plan was launched last night by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, in a gala event in Port Moresby.

Witnessed by VIPs from the public and private sector, diplomatic corp, government, and special interest groups, the  MTDP III Plan is said to be the most bild and ambitious plan the government will undertake.

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru said in a nutshell the plan Inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Focus on public servants

Twenty-nine course participants in the Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province graduated on Friday after two weeks of training in Project Management and Financial Management. The training was facilitated by the PNG Institute of Leadership and Governance.

MSMEs essential for PNG’s economy: Minister

National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, said this is important due to the sheer size of the small business sector and the need to broaden the economic base.

He said this during the opening of the ABAC MSME & Innovation Summit yesterday in Port Moresby.

Minister Maru said MSMEs drive the economy forward and provide food and shelter for millions of people in PNG.

He stated that MSMEs contributed 30 percent of PNG’s GDP providing employment and economy, participation of 80 percent of the population, the largest by any sector.