Chris Haiveta

Water purification tablets donated to Gulf

Continuous heavy rain has caused severe flooding across the Province, disrupting the lives and the population in the coastal and delta areas.

When made aware of the plight suffered by villages in their project area, Total wanted to make a contribution to assist families at this time, said Mr. Jean-Marc Noiray, Managing Director Total E&P PNG Limited.

“As good neighbors, we help each other in times of need. We are pleased to make this contribution, which will help the communities access clean safe drinking water,’’ Mr. Noiray said.

New communications tower for Kikori

Governor Chris Haiveta announced the tower has been paid for and will be shipped up to the Station soon.

He announced this at Kikori Station recently.

“There will be a tower that the provincial government is putting up here. We've already paid for it, and it’s a matter of time for them to ship it across and the tower will be put up here by Digicel. So your communications issues are resolved,” said the Governor.

IDG’s not touched: Haiveta

Governor, Chris Haiveta, said the monies have not been touched.

During the benefit rollout for Landowners of Segment 7 of the PNG LNG Project Pipeline, Governor Haiveta said now that respective Incorporated Land Groups (ILG’s) have been set up, proposed IDG projects will go back to the ILG.

He urged ILG’s to propose infrastructure projects that fall in line with established local and Provincial Development Plans.

“Your infrastructure Developments Grants are there, my Government has not touched it up to today,” said Governor Haiveta.

Gulf Pipeline LO’s receive LNG benefits

The Benefit rollout is the first since the signing of the Umbrella benefit Sharing Agreement (UBSA) in 2009 and the first flow through and shipment of LNG in 2014.

This follows the completion of landowner identification, the opening of clan bank accounts, and the election of directors to the board of their landowner company.

It was a historic occasion with Petroleum Minister, Kerenga Kua, and Gulf Governor, Chris Haiveta, accompanying Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) Managing Director, Augustine Mano, to announce the benefit roll out in Kikori on Wednesday.

Incursions into gas areas in Gulf

He said the incursions are taking place in areas where the current gas developments and potential projects are situated.

He said a recent incursion was made on Monday.

Governor Haiveta said following the recent three gas discoveries in Kimu, Barikewa and the offshore field of Pasca and the upcoming LNG Project of Elk-Antelope, there has been an increase into the border by people from neighboring Provinces.

He asked if some policing arrangements can be done similar to the current resource projects in the country.

Incursions into gas areas in Gulf

He said the incursions are taking place in areas where the current gas developments and potential projects are situated.

He said a recent incursion was made on Monday.

Governor Haiveta said following the recent three gas discoveries in Kimu, Barikewa and the offshore field of Pasca and the upcoming LNG Project of Elk-Antelope, there has been an increase into the border by people from neighboring Provinces.

He asked if some policing arrangements can be done similar to the current resource projects in the country.

Governor applauds Tourism Ministry

“It is an important occasion for the Province and the presence of the agencies of the Ministry, namely Tourism Promotion Authority, National Cultural Commission and the National Museum and Art Gallery, and also from the Investment Promotion Authority, signifies a commitment to work together,” said the Governor.

“We must be mindful of the challenges and the opportunities that will enable us to deliver to the people of PNG. We must live within our means and work on achievable targets.”

Gulf Governor challenges officers, people

Chris Haiveta referred to the signing of MOA with Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (Cocoa Board and National Development Bank), the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism (TPA, National Museum and National Cultural Commission), the Investment Promotion Authority and the Internal Revenue Commission last Friday in Kerema, Gulf Province.

‘No pipeline policy’ a fallacy: Haiveta

The Governor has reaffirmed his position on the Papua LNG Project, saying it is economical for the planned pipeline to go ahead.

He has called on the group to take up their concerns with their elected leaders and not by pressuring them, which he says will not work.

He said his position on the project is for the economic benefit of the entire Gulf Province and not just the project impacted areas.

Haiveta asks for GST

He said by law Gulf Province is owed 3% of the total 10% GST owed to Central, Gulf and The Motu Koita Assembly.

Governor Haiveta asked the Prime Minister in Parliament today for the report to ascertain how much GST was owed to his Province.

Meantime, NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, intervened before the PMs response saying the matter was before the court.

The Prime Minister however said they can present a report to him for his records while the court case is pending.