From a party leader to a Minister

Member for Talasea Francis Galia Maneke created history by becoming the first MP from West New Britain to be a party leader and a Minister of the state after being elected.

Maneke was sworn-in on Wednesday as the Minister for Communication and Information Technology.

Prior to this, Maneke was also appointed as the leader of the Our Development Party as he was the only member from that party in Parliament.

He unseated former Talasea MP and Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Francis Marus.

Manase, a successful businessman, owns a construction company known as Kaulong Estates.

His company built the missing link, New Britain Highway, which he says was a significant contribution he has ever made to the province.

Maneke along with fellow MPs of West New Britain will be arriving in Kimbe this afternoon.

They will be sworn-in to the Provincial Executive Council on Friday.

Freddy Mou