Jiwaka Province

North Waghi affiliates to PNGRFL

Last weekend saw the culmination of nine weeks of the inaugural Komni Rugby League tournament concluding with the grand final.

It’s been almost a decade since rugby league ceased to be hosted within North Waghi due to violence both on and off the field.

Stephen Komni Kunumb, who initiated the Komni Legacy Cup says it’s a long road and a hard one to come this far but not yet over, says Kunumb.

North Waghi returns to rugby league in PNG as a PNGRFL affiliate and will stage its season 2024 later in the year, culminating from the off-season Komni Cup.

Jimi invests K400,000 for Digicel tower

In a show of commitment to enhancing better communication for his district, Mr Goi presented a cheque for K400,000. This is a part payment of a total of K800,000 for a new tower.

Telecommunication is vital to connecting the unconnected and through Digicel PNG, the remote district of Jimi will have access to better telecommunication services.

MP Goi expressed his appreciation to Digicel PNG for focusing its efforts on providing telecommunication services to rural Papua New Guinea.

Police officer arrested

According to Assistant Commissioner Highlands Eastern End Division, Rigga Neggi, the officer was charged with one count of Dangerous Driving Causing Death under Section 328 of the Criminal Code Act, and one count of Dangerous Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm.

The officer is currently in police custody, awaiting his appearance before the Committal Court in the Mount Hagen District Court.

WHP, Jiwaka, Goes To Polls Tomorrow

Jiwaka Provincial Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau confirmed the deferral with this newsroom today.

She clarified that the deferral was done as security personnel engaged for the province are still in Enga and Southern Highlands attending to election-related violence.

However, Ms Pandihau said polling officials for remote parts of Jiwaka have been deployed with sensitive election materials.

It will be a one day polling for both provinces. Meantime, Chimbu Province also goes to polls tomorrow.

Don’t Associate With Candidates: Kauke

He said police must draw the lines in between and leave politics to politicians while they provide policing services to the people of Jiwaka.

“We are approaching the Nomination period where intending candidates and current sitting members are starting to move their supporters here and there.

“Police function during this election is to make sure that free and fair election is conducted without corrupt practices.

Jiwaka Govt And RCF Sign MoA

The facility will enable researchers, teachers, students, women, and communities to better access information and resources on biodiversity conservation and women’s empowerment.

USAID facilitated the signing of a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) between the Jiwaka Provincial Administration (JPA) and the Research and Conservation Foundation of PNG (RCF) on Monday 28 February to establish the Provincial Resource Centre.

Expanded Kudjip Hospital opened

The 10 million Kila expansion project within the ongoing master plan of improvements at the hospital was funded by the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership, through the Incentive Fund, and includes 2 million Kina in counterpart funding.

It has expanded the hospital emergency room, surgical outpatient area and operating theatres, as well as constructed a new obstetric ward and nursery, pharmacy, laboratory and dental clinic.

A new purpose-built training and administration building will support the training of doctors and nurses.

Giru Limited withdraws sponsorship

“Since being a first time sponsor last year, we made tremendous achievements and undeniably have set benchmarks in the history of PNGRFL and Jiwaka Province,” stated the firm.

“We brought for the first time, under our leadership, the Waghi Tumbe into the PNG Digicel Cup finals 2018. History has it that Waghi Tumbe has been a 'Wooden Spooner' however, we beat that record last year.

“Under our management, we sent three of our players (Joe Frank, Emmanuel Wayne and Joshua Nani) to the PNG Hunters Train on Squad, which saw Joe Frank make it through.

Thousands of Kina saved

The innovative project was funded through a K10 million grant by the Papua New Guinea-Australia Incentive Fund in 2011.

The hydroelectric project diverts water from a nearby river and funnels the water down a 1.2 kilometer channel, powering a turbine which produces electricity.

The project was largely delivered by the Hospital itself – the management team’s ingenuity and resourcefulness allowed it to be delivered at a fraction of what it would otherwise have cost.

Jiwaka plantation revival afoot

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, announced in Banz on Monday that he intends to assist the province revive all rundown plantations.

Minister Maru informed locals that Jiwaka has one of the most fertile land in the Highlands Region.

However, many of the plantations that once thrived in the area have been neglected.

He said he wants to assist them revive the plantations and has already got the ball rolling.

Minister Maru also announced that he aims to introduce cocoa into the Province.