East Sepik Governor

​Juffa, Bird praise govt’s plan

In a media conference yesterday with the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, the Governors said the plan is achievable and can be implemented in a coercive manner.

Bird said Abel’s idea in gauging the views of governors on certain issues in the province is good for the governance of the country.

He said governors have a clear view of what’s happening in the province and can articulate better on issues.

With the 100-Day Economic Stimulus Plan, Bird said although provinces have issues, many of them have never been given consideration.

VIDEO: Governors comment on 100-day plan

In a media conference today with the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, the Governors said the plan is achievable and can be implemented in a coercive manner. 


Freddy Mou with more 


ESP gets new governor!

National Alliance Party candidate, Allan Bird, flew over the absolute majority figure of 77,108 this morning, making him the province’s second governor since PNG gained independence from Australia in 1975.

Counting was suspended at 8:30am after the exclusion of third-placed candidate Gabriel Dusava.

The official declaration for the new governor will happen today.

The unofficial figure: Bird is sitting on 88,701 votes and Kenny Waiyu finishing second with 65,513.

Future MPs urged to maintain national unity

That was the final message from retiring East Sepik Governor and Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare in Parliament today.

Today was Sir Michael’s final day as a politician after 49 years representing the people of East Sepik Province.  

 “I practise national unity and I am proud to be called the father of the nation.

“When we swore to the Bible at the Government House, we are promising that we are the servant to the people, it is important to be fit and healthy in this house, to know the importance of parliamentary systems,” Sir Michael said.

Sir Michael to give last speech in Parliament tomorrow

The East Sepik Governor will retire from politics after close to four decades representing his people.  

National Events and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko confirmed to Loop PNG that Tuesday’s Parliament sitting is dedicated to Sir Michael.

Tkatchenko said when parliament sits; Sir Michael will make his farewell speech as a Member of Parliament before Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Speaker make their reply.

Sir Michael's political career to end this week

The East Sepik Governor’s Parliament farewell will be on April 4, when the house will stand in unity to commemorate the political life of the longest serving MP in the Commonwealth of Nations.

A public program for Port Moresby residents will happen on April 6 at the Constitution Park.

The East Sepik Provincial Government has a separate program to farewell their Grand Chief.

Sir Michael will turn 81 years of age on Sunday April 9.

This week will be the last sitting for the 9th parliament before the country goes to the polls in June.