East Sepik Province

Libert Kapris is new Maprik MP

The Maprik seat was vacant following the death of his father, Gabriel Kapris in August last year.

Prime Minister in a statement commended MP-elect Libert Kapris of the People’s First Party for his victory.

Pomalmal High School Receives New Classrooms

The classrooms and an office which cost the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority (DDA) over K400,000 to complete was officially opened by the late Minister for Education, Jimmy Uguro.

Late Minister Uguro committed K1 million to support the school in building a fully kitted science lab at Pomalmal High School as the Government’s contribution to support the efforts of the Yangoru-Saussia DDA.

Minister for International Trade and Investment & Yangoru-Saussia MP, Richard Maru thanked the late Minister Uguro for his commitment to support Pomalmal High School.

Wingei High School set for secondary status in 2025

The groundbreaking ceremony was officiated by the late Minister for Education, Jimmy Uguro, local MP and Minister for International Trade and Investment, Richard Maru, and the Secretary for Department of Education, Dr. Uke Kombra.

This marked the elevation of the school from a junior high school to a secondary school and also commenced the construction of the secondary school.

Wingei High School is one of the newly established high schools in Yangoru-Saussia District. It was established in 2020 under the leadership of Minister Maru.

East Sepik to host PNG Games in 2028

There were two other provinces also in the race, Oro and Eastern Highlands.

Twenty-two provinces that form the Games Council voted in the bid with the majority favouring East Sepik. Oro who finished second will now host the 10th edition of the Games in 2032.

There was a space of joy and jubilation in the room when the East Sepik Bid Team was announced and declared winners to host the 9th PNG Games in 2028, 4 years from now.

No medicines at Brigiti aid post

Ningi said shortage of basic drugs like Panadol, Amoxicillin and Malaria tables are among drugs lacking at the health centre. He said this is an ongoing issue faced by the people.

The sick are being referred to get treatment at nearby health centres or travel to Maprik town to seek medical help.  

The aid post often receive its supplies after every two months, but the medicines last for only a month, due to the high number of patients.  

Homes torched leaving 200 displaced

One person was reported dead and many more were injured after a clash at the Sir Lus High School in Maprik on November 11th, 2023.

The fight is alleged to have started from a drunkard brawl during the graduation day of the high school.

The displaced villagers are now calling on local leaders and business houses in East Sepik to support them in rebuilding their lives.

According to Ward 17 Councilor Robert Wamafi, the relatives of the deceased in the neighbouring village retaliated the next day (November 12) burning down houses and displaced villages.

ESP Boxing Association holds coaches’ workshop

The purpose of this clinic is to upskill coaches’ knowledge of the sport as well as empower boxers in their boxing careers.

The East Sepik Boxing Association will have the service of an elite boxer in the country, Junior Kauko Raka who will be officiating the program. Raka, with extensive experience in boxing under his belt, anticipates imparting boxing knowledge to the Coaches and Boxers attending the workshop.

New aid post a big help for community

This initiative is a collaborative effort by Save the Children’s Safe Children Healthy Mothers (SCHM) nutrition project, in partnership with the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority (PHA) and the local Sarkim community.

This commissioned aid post promises to have a profound impact on the health and nutrition of the approximately 1,300 residents of this remote community. Previously, they endured a grueling 2.5-hour trek to access medical services at the Wombisa or Kaukia Health Facility, leading to significant healthcare challenges.

Maprik needs leadership

In a recent press conference, Simon said the death of sitting MP Gabriel Kapris has left the people confused. The absence of leadership has also stalled some much-needed services, including inconsistent power supply.

Simon said in his last visit home, that the town’s services and even people are in disorder, public asserts are being misused, while law and order issues have somewhat increased.

Pacific Partnership continues humanitarian mission

This annual mission is one of the largest in the Indo-Pacific region.

CDA Monahan emphasised the importance of the mission, highlighting the collaboration between the U.S. and Papua New Guinea, stating, "Pacific Partnership's work, including medical care, community education, and disaster relief preparedness, exemplifies the partnership between our nations, in line with the U.S.-Papua New Guinea Defense Cooperation Agreement."