Geoffrey Kama

Infighting within Agriculture Department

Minister for Agriculture, Benny Allan, made this known in parliament yesterday.

The Minister was responding to questions raised by the member for Karamui-Nomane, Geoffrey Kama, who believes the secretary is being distracted from his duties.

Minister Allan attributed the complaints against Secretary, Dr Vele Pat Ila’va, to former officers.

He further said the position of the secretary for agriculture will elapse next month and the department is working closely with the minister for public service to advertise the position.

Minister explains Kundiawa Airport delay

Minister for Civil Aviation Alfred Manase revealed this in parliament yesterday after Member for Karamui-Nomane, Geoffrey Kama, asked to know why the ground work on the airport runway was completed two years ago, but operations have yet to commence.

“Two years ago construction was completed but the airport has not opened yet. Can the Minister tell us why?

“It has become uneconomical for the people of Simbu to travel to Mt Hagen and Goroka to catch a flight,” Kama said.