Richard Maru

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.

K21m released for district hospitals

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said within the next two months the remaining balance will also be released to continue the work.

He said this when questioned by Ambunti-Dreikikir MP, Johnson Wapunai.

Wapunai asked Minister Maru on the status of the funding and when the funds might be released so that district hospitals can be upgraded to the prescribed Level Four.

Minister condemns burning of dormitory

“There can be no excuse for such a behaviour by students or anyone and I will ensure those responsible will be investigated and face the full force of the law,” Minister Maru said.

The Minister is calling a Special Meeting of the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority to provide a report on the school. He has requested Yangoru-Saussia DDA CEO, Fantson Yaninen, to provide this report. The Minister wants to get down to the bottom of the reasons behind the burning of the dormitory.  

New high school for Winge

Yangoru-Saussia MP and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said the District Development Authority (DDA) has approved the establishment of the high school.

Minister Maru made the announcement during the opening of a new three-in-one elementary classroom in Winge Central.

Minister Maru announced that the soon-to-be built high school was only awaiting a suitable land area as the initially identified land within the Winge community school was unsuitable.

Development Cooperation Policy being revised: Minister

“Extensive consultations with citizens, the private sector and government stakeholders across the country, in different fora during the course of 2018, have informed me and my department of the direction we need to take to bring prosperity and resilience to all people in Papua New Guinea. These inputs have been captured in our next national Medium Term Development Plan 3 (2018-2022),” said Minister Richard Maru.

“For us to achieve these plans we need everyone working in unison.

Wutung-Vanimo power project announced

This project will be through a power purchase agreement with an Indonesian state power company.

The arrangement will supply power to around 10,000 people living in five major villages of Lido, Waromo, Yako, Mushu, and Wutung as well as the K90 million Wutung Border complex to enable border agencies to become fully operational.

Minister Maru said it will be an historic arrangement and for the first time in this country, where PPL is considering buying power through a power purchase agreement from Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

Sandaun people urged to register

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said this during the official opening of the Vanimo NID Office.

Maru said the registration of people will assist the Government as part of the proposed Special Economic Zone infrastructural plans.

Minister Maru and his delegation were greeted by locals at East Park where the Provincial NID Office has been constructed.

During the ceremony, Minister Maru urged all locals to register, as it will ensure they receive vital government services.

K2m for Enga College of Nursing

The Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, handed the funding over to Enga Governor, Chief Sir Peter Ipatas, at the second graduation ceremony for the Enga School of Nursing on Wednesday, 6th June.

Minister Maru said PNG is short of about 2,400 nurses.

“Government is very much aware of the shortage of nurses and aging nursing workforce. And the truth is this; our health indicators are among the poorest in the Pacific.

Special Economic Zone in West Sepik

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, revealed this when he arrived in Vanimo, West Sepik Province, yesterday.

Maru is leading a Government delegation on a fact finding mission to see the development of the SEZ in Sandaun.

Accompanying Minister Maru is Minister for Provincial Affairs, Kevin Isifu, PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo, Secretary Transport, Roy Mumu, Secretary for Provincial Affairs, Dickson Guinea, Water PNG Managing Director, Raka Taviri, and National and Civil Identity Registrar, Michael Kumung.