Governor General Sir Bob Dadae

PNG Calls for Closer Ties with Finland Across Various Fronts

Speaking at the Presentation of Credentials ceremony by Finland's Ambassador-designate, Satu Mattila-Budich, Sir Bob outlined key areas for potential bilateral cooperation.

GG lauds St. John Ambulance PNG

Gareth Walker, Head of Programmes at St. John International Office, led the delegation and paid a courtesy call at Government House.

Deputy Commissioner & Chief of Clinical Operations, Jacquie Hennessy, and Assistant Chief of Ambulance Service, Terence Torea, representing St. Ambulance PNG, joined him.

During the meeting, Walker commended St. John Ambulance PNG for its exceptional performance in providing ambulance services. He praised the organization as a global benchmark and expressed his admiration for the outstanding facilities they offer.

Reflect and embrace change

He made this remark as the country’s flag was lowered during the Flag Lowering ceremony on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.

The Governor General reminded Papua New Guineans that PNG is a Christian nation but has seen little change due to the uprising of conflict, and law and order issues.

He challenged all citizens to start treating each other with respect and work together for the better.

“We must build a peace-loving national character within ourselves and among our citizens. We must have a change in our Mindset.

Red Cross report highlights life-saving support

The report was formally presented by Red Cross Society Secretary General, Valachie Quagliata, and Honorary Treasurer, Janet Philemon, during a courtesy call at Government House.

As the Patron of the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society, Grand Chief Sir Bob lauded the report for offering a comprehensive overview of the organization's programs and services, spotlighting its achievements, challenges, and prospects for the future.

G-G’s Christmas Message

We have come to the end of yet another year and with it, as usual, the festive season a time in which we all look forward to spending time with our families and loved ones throughout our beautiful country.

This has been an eventful year. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a noticeable impact on us this year than it did the last. Many of us have lost loved ones to the dreaded virus and many livelihoods have been impacted. 

Madang Leaders Must Unite

Sir Bob made this appeal in front of a capacity crowd during the Independence celebration in Madang.  

He said this is for the betterment of Madang and Papua New Guinea given the province stands to be one of the country's top economic hub.

The vice regal, who presented 340 Queen’s medals to Madang elites, including conferring one Knight and announcing Governor Peter Yama as another Knight, said it was vital for leaders to come together to develop the province.

Parliamentary Secretaries sworn in

They are:

1. Koni Iguan, Markham Open MP;

2. Johnson Wapunai, Ambunti-Dreikikir MP;

3. Joe Kuli, Anglimp-South Waghi MP; and

4. Sekie Agisa, South Fly MP

Prime Minister James Marape attended the swearing in ceremony this afternoon at the Government House.

The swearing in ceremony brings to total 12 Parliamentary Secretaries in the Marape/Steven Government, three of which will be assisting the Minister for Agriculture.

(From left: Sekie Agisa, Joe Kuli, Johnson Wapunai and Koni Iguan)

Department heads sign contracts

Finance Secretary Dr Ken Ngangan, and Secretaries for the Department of Treasury Dairi Vele, National Planning and Monitoring Koney Samuel and Department of Youth, Religion & Community Development, Anna Solomon, all signed their four year contracts on Wednesday.

Samuel, who was acting National Planning secretary, was appointed by cabinet after acting in the position for some time.

Chief Fire Officer, Bill Roo, who was also acting in the position for almost two years, also signed his four year contract yesterday.

Senior public servants sworn in

The signing took place before Governor General Sir Bob Dadae and Acting Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management, Taies Sansan.

Five senior public servants had their employment contracts executed by Sir Bob Dadae today at the Government house.

Gulf and Morobe provincial administrators, Marc Orisuru Avai and Bart Ipambonj, will be the provincial heads for the next four years.

GG acknowledges sports

Governor General Sir Bob Dadae acknowledged sport as a unifying factor in the nation while at the same time, highlighting the passion and positive contribution that sport makes to the health of the nation.

The GG also acknowledged the role of the private sector in supporting sporting activities through funding and sponsorship necessary to make these events a reality.

The staging of sporting events in the world requires a good network of business people and individuals that can rely on each other for skills and experience.