Southern Highlands Province

K500,000 for Lumbi-Tutam Road upgrade

Community leaders Job Wanpis of Yame village and George Rope of Tutam said their people greatly appreciated the K500,000 provided by Imbonggu government to carry out maintenance work on the road.

Messrs Wanpis and Rope said since the road was built during the former Australian colonial administration, there has never been any major upgrading work undertaken. 

They said Pororo, Yame, Pape and Tutam communities greatly appreciated the current upgrading work.

Projects put smiles on faces of women in Imbonggu

This was how the women’s representative in the IDDA, Lynette Ipuke, described the success of agriculture, livestock, fishing, vegetable and other projects undertaken by women in the district.

Ipuke said she was encouraged by the high rate of success among each woman who received financial assistance for various projects and activities.

She said given the successful use of the money by individual women projects, more money should be given to more women to projects of their choice.

Construction of Western Pacific Uni to start this month

The university will be built in Ialibu, Southern Highlands Province, on 75 hectares of land.

WPU project chairperson Fr Jan Czuba confirmed that they have negotiated with the landowners to acquire the 75 hectares of land.

19 hectares of land was secured last year from land owners of Ialibu at the cost of K15 million.

Last year, the Pekai-Aluwe tribe, landowners of Topopugl village of Ialibu, were paid K7.5 million, signifying the approval to use their land to build the university.

Russians hitchhike into Southern Highlands

The visitors, who gave only their first names  are Leo and Alexander from Russia and from Ukraine are Myck and Dimitris.

Originally the group planned to visit the Kutubu resource project areas, but decided against it and returned to Mount Hagen, Western Highlands  on July 28.

In Mendi, the hitchhikers were accommodated by the President of Lower Mendi Local Level Government Peter Kundi and saw them off to Mount Hagen.

Villagers welcome coffee rehab work in SHP

 A councillor from Kaupena, Robert Morombu, said it was a wise decision by the government to improve the “green gold” with loan financing from World Bank (International Development Association) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

“Coffee is our lifeline. Oil and gas will run out but this green gold (coffee) is here to stay until the second coming of Jesus.

“We thank World Bank, IFAD and also the PNG Government for coming down to the village level to save our coffee gardens.”

New admin building for remote SHP school

Keys for the Southern Highlands Provincial Government funded building was handed over by the contractor to school on Thursday June 30 2016).

Contractor, Pastor David James also handed the acquittal report to provincial projects coordinator Patrick Tombos detailing how the money was spent.

In doing so,  Pastor James challenged all other contractors in the province who had received substantial amounts of taxpayer funds for various projects to produce acquittals for purposes of transparency.

Toap against hand-out mentality, encourages farming

     

The provincial DPI advisor, Kenneth Toap said instead of wasting time chasing politicians and expecting free government hand-outs, people should return to their villages and work the land.

 

Toap said people should start growing out of the hand-out and mentality and “work hard on their land and earn plenty of good money”.

 

Hela and SHP MPs to address people following Agiru’s death

The MPs are Peter O’Neill (Prime Minister / Ilalibu-Pangia), James Marape (Minister for Finance / Tari-Pori), Francis Awesa (Minister for Works and Implementation / Imbonggu Open), De Kewanu (Vice Minister for Works / Member for Mendi Open), William Powi (Governor for Southern Highlands Province), Jeffery Komal (Nipa-Kutubu Open), Francis Potape (Komo-Margarima Open), James Lagea (Kagua-Erave Open) and Philip Undialu (Koropa-Lake Kopiago).