Eastern Highlands Province

Ramu 1 Royalties Due

Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment, William Duma said the issue is a legacy issue that in time, will be rectified through review and re-negotiation.

Eastern Highlands Governor, Peter Numu expressed frustration for his people in regards to royalty payments.

He said, “Ever since the establishment of Yonki Dam or Ramu 1, the provincial government and the landowners have not benefitted from any royalties as the natural resource owners. Absolutely zero.”

Everyday People: Kaye Pokana

Every day we tend to our flowers, plant flowers and also respond to requests for hiring. So we arrange flowers for decorations as well. There are pot plants for hire which we arrange for clients. We also do decorations for funerals, weddings, or graduations.

When there are small ceremonies around the town they used to call us so we arrange decorations for them. That’s how we earn our income.

This is our everyday life. So far I have 180 people registered under our organization. There are others who are interested but have not yet registered.

UN Women Celebrate Youth Day

The workshop was aimed at introducing and building understanding of the Sanap Wantaim strategy and tools for use.  

As part of celebrations to mark the International Youth day, UN Women engaged the 33 young people from 12 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to increase awareness on their role towards achieving gender equality.  The CSOs come under the Spotlight Initiative and Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF).

K10,000 For Bihute Poultry Project

Wife of the Prime Minister, Rachel Marape during a personal visit presented the cheque to the institution last week.

Present at the presentation was the Chief Executive Officer for the National Gaming Control Board, Imelda Agon who also made a commitment of K440, 000 to be distributed equally among the CS institutions across the country.

The K44, 000 will be utilized to open bank accounts for detainees and inmates.

Musave Community Health Post

The communities include Jurinofi, Unakafe, Nasenangka, Fomu 2, Musave, Tivinofi, Bitebe, Jenofi, Sonofi, Atiforo, Kerefa, Teveo, Tinkfio and Kurufi.

The brand new modern Community Health Post is being completed. It will be officially opened on Thursday August 12, 2021.

The opening will take place at Musave, where the health post is located.

The Community Health Post is jointly funded by the Asian Development Bank, the National Government, the National Department of Health and the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority.

LO's first priority in K92 spin-offs

Numu said this during the MoA Review in Kokopo, East New Britain this week.

The Governor said this expressing concern over potential external business interests taking over.

During the K92 Mine MoA Review Governor Numu urged the State to ensure that the commitments must be enforced as stated in the MoA, and that opportunities are given in order of preference as per the commitment.

O’Neill visits Okapa

Member for Okapa, Saki Hacky Soloma, said this when welcoming O’Neill and his delegation, who are on a two-day visit through the Eastern Highlands and Madang provinces.

The same sentiments were echoed by Member for Kainantu and Minister for Mining, Johnson Ibo Tuke, speaking for the other district Members in the province.

The first stop on the trip is to officially launch the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership.

Israeli firm keen to deliver multi-million Kina project

A team from IAI was recently in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, on Tuesday 23 October to meet with officials from the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to discuss the imminent project.

The company, backed by Israel’s LR Group, was led by Chief Executive Officer Lior Crystal and a high powered team of scientists, extensionists, agronomists and an economist.

They were welcomed by CIC CEO Charles Dambui and met with the senior management team.

Atiyafa shares priorities at peace ceremony

Priorities for the next three years were also highlighted by the MP at the occasion.

The distribution of food ended the peace ceremony, which was an open invitation to all Henganofi people in the district to put their differences aside from the 2017 National Election and work together to develop the district.

A large crowd comprising representatives from all villages in Henganofui were in attendance at the event on September 19.

MP Robert Atiyafa used the gathering to apologies to his people and invite them to join hands to revive Hanganofi.

A way out…

Aserangka Village located in the vicinity of Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) research base at Aiyura has lately formed a coffee cooperative with the involvement of some youths.

The group, known as Aserangka Coffee Cooperative Society, was formed only last year and has registered with Investment Promotion Authority.

Group chairman Pastor Ben Wane said their aim is to return the youths to the coffee gardens to have a meaningful life.

“Our aim is to create opportunities for our disadvantaged youths,” he said briefly in Tok Pisin.