NDB Branches out to Imbonggu

Chairman of NDB, Michael Yake Mel and his team visited Imbonggu District this week and inspected the newly set up banking facility at the district's headquarters in Walume.

Mr Mel commended the Imbonggu District Development Authority for the efforts and initiative taken in providing office space to accommodate for the operations and banking services for NDB staff.

He said this would enable the bank staff to provide efficient banking services to the people of Imbonggu and the province.

New Vehicles for Imbonggu

Local MP and Minister for Inter-Government Relations Pila Niningi presented them on Monday June 7.

He challenged government officers of the district to look after these resources well, saying they assist with human development work, and service accessibility.

Three vehicles were presented to the Imbonggu District Health Services and two were given to Police.

The vehicles, valued at K1.2 million, were purchased from K2 million funding allocated by the District Development Authority for its COVID-19 Program.

Awesa pays tertiary tuition fee for Imbonggu students

Last Saturday (Oct 1 2016), Member for Imbonggu, Francis Awesa presented the first payment of K111,000 for 91 students studying at the University of Goroka (UOG), Eastern Highlands Province.

Awesa said he would deliver the payments for students at the University of Technology in Lae and the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby this week.

He said fees for Imbonggu students attending teachers colleges, technical training institutions and other learning places will be paid in the coming weeks.

Elementary teachers trained on new curriculum

The refresher training was to teach the 380 teachers the difference between the outlawed outcome based education (OBE), which the current government directed for commencement this school year and SBC.

Fifty-one teachers from Lower Mendi Local Level Government (LLG) met in Mendi, the Southern Highlands provincial capital, while 26 from Imbonggu and 23 from Ialibu basin LLGs met at Walume government station.

Imbonggu teacher in tree planting project

On August 16, 2016, Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa told Parliament that more than 800,000 trees would be planted PNG-wide by 2050 as part of a long-overdue re-afforestation programme.

Tomuriesa said that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had made an announcement in Paris, France during the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 that the trees would be planted as part of PNG’s effort to mitigating the effects of climate changes.

Imbonggu poultry farmer sees success


Currently, the only successful egg farmer on small to medium business basis in the SHP, Resi Kupa said instead, people should use their resources well to grow more food crops and start livestock projects to earn money.

Kupa told of his egg layer project, which he started in January 2013 in a bush material building with three boxes containing 156 layers.

New buildings for Omai Health Centre

Until recently, the much-needed basic health services were provided from an old run down bush material building (pictured) and the medical officer accommodated in another bush material house.

That are things of the past now since Awesa first provided a K200,000 financial assistance in 2009 for the construction of a new permanent health centre building.

This was followed by a K50,000 assistance for staff accommodation.


Sawmill operator supports govt’s SME policy

That is the view of a community leader, Ben Sawe from the Buiyebi area of Imbonggu district, Southern Highlands Province.

Sawe said the Government’s SME policy is an excellent initiative, not only to be concentrated in big cities, town and urban areas, but also pursued in the districts and local communities.

He suggested that the way to make the policy work is to create practical opportunities for the rural and ordinary grassroots majority who live in the outlying zones of the country.

Church buildings receive timely help from Awesa

Awesa has provided financial assistance worth millions of kina to support church projects and programmes since his election to national parliament in 2007,

This include providing funds for vehicles, houses for health workers and teachers, aid post and health centre buildings, classrooms, communication towers and church buildings.

On Monday (April 18), during one of his regular electoral visits to Yaria in Lower Mendi Local Level Government area,  Awesa made on-the-spot decisions to help two church building works.


Lai River footbridge in danger of collapsing

Last week (April 13) heavy flooding in Lai River over-turned the rope foot bridge causing partial damage and making it difficult for people with heavy loads to cross and go into Mendi town and continue elsewhere.

 The foot bridge provides serves the Milwerip Primary School, five different Christian denomination churches buildings and a health centre/aid post.