WNB

Lack of funding hampers electoral boundaries work

Minister for Provincial Affairs and Local Government Pila Niningi said just under 30 per cent of the funding allocated for electoral boundaries has been released.  

The planned split of the Talasea district in 2022 may not happen.

Ninigi said the Government had budgeted K14m for the electoral boundaries but so far only K4m had been released.

Minister Ninigi made this clarification after news of the new electorate being gazette, went viral on social media Facebook.

WNB leaders visit district

Governor Francis Maneke and Sate owned Enterprise Minister, Sasindran Muthuvel presented the boat to the people.

Located outside of Ulamona village is Lolobao island with a population of more than a thousand people.

The islanders always encounter evacuation challenges every time Mt Ulawun spews or erupts.

The presentation of a new boat by the Talasea District Development Authority will be more than helpful in their time of need.

Provincial Administrator denies claims

The complaint, made by another prominent leader of the province, came about because the provincial COVID-19 operations in the province, lacked logistics support.

The leader who wants to remain anonymous, said all the operations of COVID-19 in the Local Level Governments have come to a standstill because no vehicles to conduct the operations.

The Provincial Administrator was accused of buying a new car from the public purse, for his own use.

Walindi resort shuts down operations

Owner of Walindi Resort, Cheyne Benjamin said the resort is a tourist destination; the lockdown will greatly affect its operations.

“This isn’t only a health crisis but also a global economic crisis with tourism and airlines the most affected and that includes Walindi and other operators around the country including Air Niugini.

“Our business has never in its history faced anything like this - we have faced all sorts of challenges here - volcanoes etc but nothing like this.

Muthuvel calls for release of project funds

Muthuvel made this call, after still waiting on the government to release funds which were earmarked for projects in West New Britain.

“The bureaucratic process is a long, stringent and overwhelming procedure which will test your patience.

“It needs constant persistence, persuasion and a lot of energy, with as much support from our Provincial Administration to approve at least one major project.”

WNB celebrates Independence in style

There were floats, marches and bicycle rides around town and a joint police and Correction service parade was held and was reviewed by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel

Muthuvel, when delivering his speech urged the people of WNB to uphold the values of family and unity among themselves.

He said positive thoughts and actions will always bring out positive results.

He added that our communities have our own cultures and must be followed and respected at all times.

WNB hailed for clean TFF record

The group, led by Deputy Secretary Titus Hatagen and other senior officials, visited schools under the TFF policy this week.

The officials visited schools around the town vicinity and the Hoskins area.

Hatagen said he was very pleased on how the TFF has been used by the schools.

He said even though funding sometimes becomes a hindrance for schools, they continue to invest in projects that aid in the children’s learning.

He added that WNB is one of the provinces that has been using the TFF accordingly to the school year calendar.

Repeal funding act 2009: Muthuvel

He said the Act, which was amended in 2012, should be repealed to allow all the provincial governments to resume collecting their own smaller tax revenue.

Muthuvel explained that, in the case of WNB, they are imposing tax on beer (20t per bottle) and cigarette (3t per stick) which brings about K2 million revenue to the provincial government per annum.

However, he said when the amendment in 2012 was implemented, the National Government, through the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), stopped the provincial governments from collecting any form of revenue.

Muthuvel hailed for fulfilling commitment

Muthuvel on Tuesday presented a cheque of K200,000 to Malilimi Primary School as school grant laid under the trust account.

This follows the recent opening of a double classroom for the same school in April just before the opening of writs.

Malilimi Primary School board chairman, Khairul Zanel, heaped praise on Muthuvel for keeping his word.

Meantime, Muthuvel thanked NBPOL for creating opportunities for children living in the vicinity of the school for a better future through education.

"Education is the master key to unlock all doors," he stressed.

Maneke is MP elect for Talasea

At the 31st exclusion for the Talasea Open, Maneke polled above the Absolute majority of 17,439 and declared winner over runner up and outgoing MP Francis Marus who polled 15,796.

Galia collected 19,081 votes to seal the victory.

He was declared on Sunday and officially signed the writ.

Meanwhile, Sasindran Muthuvel retained the Provincial seat as well as Joseph Lelang for the Kandrian Gloucester seat.

 

Picture: Governor Sasindran Muthuvel with Talasea MP elect Francis Galia Maneke