Isaac Lupari

Jiwaka to have new Provincial Treasurer

This decision was made by Chairman for the Inter-departmental Election Committee, Isaac Lupari, who gave assurance that he will be assisting to make this happen.

This comes after the election manageress for Jiwaka province, Rossie Pandihau raised serious concerns about the long overdue absence of the provincial treasurer who is believed to be in the nation’s capital at the moment.

Polling officials in Jiwaka are yet to access election funds for the training of their election officials for polling.

Funding, security and manpower

Chief Secretary and chairman for IDEC, Isaac Lupari, said funding should not be an issue for operations in the elections.

He spoke of the government’s commitment towards the 2017 general elections, saying the government is a major supporter for the smooth running of the elections in the country.

He urged the electoral officials to change the public perception of Hela Province being one of the major hotspots for security risks.

Lupari said the presence of the three disciplinary forces is not to intimidate the people but to help where necessary.

Elections communications centre in operation

The centre was launched after the opening of the security elections operations in Mt Hagen on Friday (May 26).

A demonstration of direct communication was done between the Communication Centre in Port Moresby and the Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, and Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who were both present at the Mt Hagen launch.

Lupari announced over the police radio network not only launching of the highlands region security operations, but operations for the entire country.

VIDEO: Election security launch

Among those present to witness this significant event at Mt Hagen's Queens Park were several Government Department secretaries, Provincial Administrators of the highlands provinces, Assistant Police Commissioners and Provincial Police Commissioners of the highlands provinces.

 

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Lupari commends heads of disciplinary forces

Lupari, when launching the Election security operations today in Mt Hagen said events like this comes only once every five years for PNG.

He thanked the Commissioner for Police, Commander for PNGDF and the commissioner for CS for taking the lead in the security operations in the country.

Lupari said this is not an easy job for the disciplinary forces and called on the people of PNG to work alongside this men and women who will be at different polling areas to provide security.

Lupari condemns social media claims

Isaac Lupari has expressed appreciation for the recent demonstration of police training that will strengthen police tactical response capability, and has criticised elements on social media who have sought to make misleading comments that are not related to the training demonstration.

Lupari said the National Security Advisory Committee has been briefed by Police Commissioner Gari Baki and will present its recommendations to the National Executive Council.

New Bomana police homes vandalised

Most of the houses have had their doors broken into, windows smashed, wirings to the metre boxes removed, kitchen and laundry sinks removed as well as the toilet pots.

“Some houses also have graffiti all over the walls and power sockets damaged,” NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Benjamin Turi, told Loop PNG.

He believes this is a wasted investment which will only cost more to repair the damages.

Turi had spoken to the contractors about the holdup of the relocation but was told they were still awaiting Government response on their payments.

2017 Leaders Summit deferred

The two day programme was supposed to start today in Port Moresby to highlight the outcome of the O'Neill-Dion Government.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari made the announcement of the cancellation this morning in front of Cabinet Ministers, Departmental and statutory heads, District Development Authority CEOs, Development Partners, and Business executive at the Stanley Hotel.

Lupari said many parliamentarians are absent and were unable to attend and were in their electorates after two weeks of Parliament sessions.

Lupari urges public servants to work and deliver

However, Lupari in a statement said the key challenge for the government is not so much economic issues but the ability of the Public Service to deliver.

“The Public Service continues to be a major obstacle to implementation and delivery of the government policies and programs," said Lupari.

“It is important that every public servant in the country reflect on our performance in 2016 and start 2017 with a change in attitude and take greater ownership."

He said changes in attitude were evident in 2016, "and must build on these improvements in 2017".

Taskforce to speed up tax payments to government

This was announced today by Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, when speaking to Internal Revenue Commission staff today.

Lupari said the Task Force will comprise of the IRC, Office of Migration, Customs, and the Central Bank.

Their main role will be to do a Tax audit on big taxpayers (companies) and visit shop and business entity’s.

Lupari said the Task Force will begin operations in Moresby and head out to other provinces.

He said many businesses are not paying taxes and are operating under the radar of organizations like the IRC.