Wewak

Eggs from Sepik project to hit shelves in a year’s time

That is the guarantee from the developer of the Sepik Chicken, Grain and Cocoa project, Innovative Agro Industry (IAI).

IAI chairman Ilan Weiss said the eggs will be the first produce from the project to be sold and could be hitting the shelves in June or July 2017, followed by chickens.

The surrounding communities will greatly benefit from the project because majority of the stock feeds’ source of cassava and corn, and also chicken, will be bought from outgrowers to support the factory supply.

Government plans fitting farewell for Sir Michael

That was the guarantee from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when speaking to the people of East Sepik who converged to Yangoru Station to witness launching of the Sepik Chicken, Grain and Cocoa projects on Wednesday.

Sir Michael who is the longest serving parliamentarian in the Commonwealth had already announced that this will be his last term serving the people of East Sepik.      

WULLG to re-install solar lights along Meni beach

Wewak Town mayor Charles Malenki said, WULLG will take ownership of the solar lights to protect it from being stolen again.

East Sepik Provincial Government has allocated K800,000 to light up the picturesque beach but vandals stole majority of the 50 solar panels.

"We did not monitor (the solar lights) youths take advantage of it and remove it, and we have reported it to the police," Malenki said.

He added that police are still investigating the incident.

O’Neill arrives in Wewak

Accompanying him was Finance Minister James Marape, Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll, Tourism Minister Tobias Kulung, Health Minister Michael Malabag and Higher Education Minister Francis Marus.

This is PMs first official visit after his government defeated the Opposition sponsored Vote of No-Confidence motion last Friday.

Opposition calls for release of students in Wewak

He said such arrests and detainment is uncalled for in a democratic country like PNG; it is unlawful and might lead to chaos in the country.

“Students should not be locked up in prison.”

Polye said the students were just practicing their rights to do awareness and inform their parents and the people of the nation about issues affecting the country.

“For the police to lock them up in cells is uncalled for and morally wrong.”

Polye is calling on Police Commissioner Gari Baki to direct his police commander in Wewak, East Sepik, to release the students.

Sir Michael's final words

Those were the remarks of the founding father of this great nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, during his 80th birthday celebration in Wewak, East Sepik Province. He made the statement when he also officially announced his retirement from politics in front of his family, friends and diplomatic corps.

“My wish is that we will learn to treat our adopted system of government with unwavering respect. May we never let the sins of our own past dominate our ability to lead by example.”

Thousands flock to celebrate Sir Michael’s 80th birthday

Among the very important people are former members of parliament Sir Peter Barter, Sir Arnold Amet, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Mekere Morauta, Sir Dadi Toka from Hanuabada and others.

Also in attendance to witness the celebration was Sir Michael's son Arthur Somare and other expatriates from overseas.

Also in attendance were Madang Governor Jim Kas and people of Madang with their gifts.

Meanwhile people are still flocking to the stadium.

Knights to celebrate Sir Michael’s 80th birthday in Wewak

Grand Chief Rt. Hon Sir Michael T, Somare, the founding Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea turns 80 on April 9, 2016.

According to Melanesian News, the Grand Chief will celebrate his birthday and 48 years in politics in Wewak with his family, friends and colleagues. International guests are also likely to attend the celebrations.

Sir Peter, the Managing Director of Melanesian Tourists Services along with close friends of Sir Michael will visit Wewak aboard the Kalibobo Spirit to witness the important historic event.

Pacific Aria cruise to Wewak a success

Tour operator on the ground Mateos Alois said: “Wewak services and tours were rated as excellent by the tourists.

“594 passengers were booked to take three tour options but 501 actually made the tour.”

Alois added that from the three sightseeing options planned, 234 did Wewak sightseeing, 154 went to Maur Village inside Wewak, and 113 visited World War II Japanese surrender areas.

He added that some of the passengers were former Wewak residents.

“They were very impressed with the services, the tours and the traditional performances.”

 

Good Samaritan helps injured students

Koren Maso, is the good Samaritan who forked out money from his own pocket to save the survivors of the December 28, 2015 accident which claimed four lives when the vehicle  in which Seventh Day Adventist tertiary students were travelling in overturned near Hawain bridge.

The students were returning from a church gathering at Aitape in West Sepik Province.   

“My heart was broken and I was lost for words to speak to our students on their hospital bed in pain they received while on a mission to do good community service work.