Deputy Prime Minister

DPM Rosso applauds Busu Secondary

Rosso outlined that out of 426 high and secondary schools throughout PNG, Digicel Foundation chose Busu because of its discipline and high academic performance.

When officiating at the opening of the new 4-in-1 double classroom on Monday, March 13th, Rosso told the students: “It always blesses my heart when I come here and see all those beautiful smiles on your faces and the cleanliness of Busu and everything else. I should say, this reflects on your staff, your principal, your board of management, na yupla yet.”

Lae MP satisfied with changes

“Lae has experienced some very fundamental changes that have impacted on our community, including administrative changes to fix the way Lae city is run,” he stated.

“It’s run by a proper board, something similar to NCDC."

“Now I sit as the chairman of the Lae City Authority board and we’re making certain the bureaucratic machinery is run a lot better.”

Alluding to the Lae Urban Local Level Government, Rosso said the manpower of 800 people who used to run the city has been reduced to less than 100, saving millions in Kina.

Prisoners are humans too: DPM

Deputy Prime Minister and Lae MP, John Rosso, made this statement when reflecting on his recent visit to the Buimo correctional facility.

On Thursday, December 22nd, he brought Christmas gifts for over 830 inmates, 130 CS officers and their families, including food, sports equipment, musical instruments for the prison band and bicycles for the inmates’ children.

“It has been a tradition for me,” he said. “Otherwise, you can be criticised for spending a bit of time with the prisoners.

Rosso Is Deputy PM

Other MP's who took oath as ministers in the Care-taker Government include, Member for Kikori, Soroi Eoe, Kavieng MP Ian Ling-Stuckey and Hagen Open MP William Duma. 

Prime Minister, James Marape said the Deputy PM including the three MP's are senior Ministers in the cabinet representing the four regions.  

They will take charge of respective ministries until a full cabinet is appointed. 

Prime Minister Marape will take charge of National Planning, Police, Defence and Correctional Services.

Late DPM Basil Laid To Rest

His tomb is in front of his home that he has been building since 2012. Hundreds gathered at Sagayo to bid his farewell. 

In a ceremony befitting a respected Statesman, the late DPM's casket was slowly brought to his tomb, where the PNG flag was neatly folded and handed to his mother, Cathy Basil, as a sign of appreciation for her late son's contributions to the nation.

The Late Basil's casket was then lowered into his tomb, followed by a three-volley salute that was fired in his honour by the PNG Defence Force.

DPM disappointed with OC

DPM Basil, speaking at Wau on Friday, said six months was taken away from the people of Bulolo District as they waited for the leadership tribunal’s decision, where the case against him was dismissed in December 2021.

They now have a limited timeframe to deliver all projects and activities before the national elections.

Lack Of Protocol Upset Gazelle Leaders

Five LLG Presidents raised this concern following the unannounced visit by Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Basil to the district recently.

They said such actions was disrespectful to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and that Member for Gazelle, Jelta Wong was not made aware of the DPM's visit.

The leaders said for whichever reason Mr Basil was in the province for, it is only right to inform authorities on the ground so people are able to accord respect to the national leader.

Basil vows to defend against charges

Basil appeared before the Leadership Tribunal yesterday at the Waigani National Court.

After the hearing, Basil said: “The facts are that I have been referred by the Ombudsman Commission to the Office of the Public Prosecutor. Both institutions have assessed that I have a prima facie case of misconduct in office to answer; and therefore the Public Prosecutor has requested the Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika to appoint a Leadership Tribunal headed by Justice David Allen to hear the case.

K12bn in informal economy: DPM

Deputy Prime Minister Davis Steven announced this during the opening of the Investment Promotion Authority hosted Regulators Summit on Thursday, September 19th.

He said this is why there is now a focus on the informal sector by Prime Minister James Marape.

Speaking at the opening of the Regulators Summit, the Deputy Prime Minister said the Informal Sector National Audit Report which he launched recently revealed some surprising figures.

Minister stresses on whistleblowers' legislation

That protection must now be given through the whistleblowers’ legislation, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Davis Steven.

Papua New Guinea’s rating on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) that is revealed yearly by Transparency International PNG has not improved much in recent years.

Corruption is rife but while efforts are being made to improve our CPI rating, people with information or whistle blowers must be protected.