Eastern Highlands Province

EHP Governor thanks APEC delegates

Numu told the delegates that his province is always ready to step in to any partnership agreement with any member economies.

He added that his administration’s main aim is to foster a five-year economic development plan focusing on three key priority areas:

  1. Agriculture;
  2. Trade and investment; and
  3. Road infrastructure

Numu further added that the road ahead in the bilateral meetings seems very promising but needs technical expertise support.

100,000 coffee seedling nursery launched

They launched their coffee cooperative group and a 100,000 coffee seedling nursery and sold the first 10,000 to a coffee processing firm.

Officiating at the occasion was MP for Goroka Open and Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Henry Ame.

Ame said the O’Neill/Abel government is focused on growing the agriculture sector and has allocated close to K1 billion. He therefore urged the growers to utilise this opportunity to take part actively in agricultural activities.

Over K500,000 stolen in BSP robbery

Eastern Highlands provincial police commander, Alex N’Drasel, said around 4 to 5 armed men entered the bank’s Priority Banking area and robbed a BSP client.

They took off with K567,000 cash.

PPC N’Drasel said between 10am and 11am, the robbers drove into the Priority Banking area and parked there.

Soon after, the accountant of Shanda Trading, including an Asian man and their driver, drove into the parking lot.

When the female accountant stepped out of the vehicle to enter the bank, the men got out with high powered guns and held them up.

Precedent set by EHP district

Local MP Mehrra Minne Kipefa, while presenting the 2016 District Support Grants of K500,000 compliance reports on Wednesday, said the district had opted to take a new approach by way of furnishing their reports in an electronic format for distribution and swift appraisal.  

Kipefa, who is also the Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, said standards for electronic recording, processing and distribution of financial and other business reports (digital reporting) is the way forward for easy accessibility of acquittal information for decision-making.

Police claim governor’s involvement in looting

This follows an estimated K1 million in damages at one of the province’s largest supermarkets.

The Bintangor Supermarket, which is owned by Simon Sia, who is also the election petitioner against the young leader, was ransacked last Thursday by looters and opportunists.

According to police, the young leader was involved.

It was reported that around 4pm, the Governor entered the supermarket on Thursday, heavily escorted by outside police officers.

He allegedly gave directives for shoppers to get a rice bag each, which added up to K5,000.

K92 adds second drill

This is due to the company continuously intersecting high grades of gold and copper mineralisation at its exploration site in Eastern Highlands Province.

In a statement, K92 Mining says based on the ongoing success of the Kora exploration drill program, the second drill rig is now operating from an underground set up.

​3yo Bongre passes away

This has been confirmed by the members of the ‘Save Bongre’ fundraising drive, which was raising funds to support him.

The three-year-old succumbed to a rare form of cancer for children – retinoblastoma, that had affected his right eye.

It became his parents’ nightmare over the last two years.

Bongre’s story caught the country’s attention when mother Sinta and father Anton brought him to Port Moresby in search of answers.

Highlands region counting begins

Counting for Tari-Pori Open electorate commenced today.

After count five, sitting MP, James Marape, is leading with 3,315 votes.

On second place is Jonny Pokaya Philip with 792 votes and Michael Joseph Pajawi on 451 votes.

Counting for Komo-Margarima and Koroba-Kopiago has been disrupted because of the issue of a petition.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says additional security personnel have been deployed to provide security at the disrupted venues.

In Eastern Highlands Province, counting will commence on Friday, July 7.

​EHP yet to complete polling

Election Manager Steven Koupa told Loop PNG this morning that remote areas of Wobura and Luda are yet to cast their votes.

He said since yesterday, they had been waiting for the chopper to airlift ballot boxes.

He added that the delay will affect the schedule for counting.

Koupa also raised concerns that this is a priority area therefore the helicopter firm should make it their priority to airlift the ballot boxes.

Meanwhile, all districts have completed their polling and ballot boxes have been extracted to the police station in Goroka for counting.

EHP polls: Transport issue hinders polling

Provincial Election Manager Steven Koupa confirmed this today.

He said the delay is on the transportation of ballot papers, which a helicopter company is yet to deliver.

The frustrated Koupa said they already paid an advancement to the firm and didn’t see any reason for the delay.

He further reiterated that the four days of delay will affect their start of counting as well.

“We are planning to start the counting period this coming Sunday but cannot do so because of the delays.