Joe Sungi

Dept to visit provinces, districts

Public Service Minister, Joe Sungi made this known when addressing DPM staff on Tuesday 24th January 2023. 

Engagement of consultants queried

The Minister said consultants are doing the job for departmental heads when heads of agencies should be competent enough to perform their roles.

Minister Sungi outlined that consultants should only be brought in for a short period of time with a specific task that should be clearly stated in the provisions of their terms of reference.

“If you are appointed to perform the role then you must know the job to perform it. Why get an advisor to do the job for you? Because when the advisor is paid to do your job, it simply means you are being paid for doing nothing.”

Contractors’ lack of commitment appalling

Yesterday in parliament, Sungi asked the Health Minister to clarify the terms of these contracts.

Sungi raised this issue in parliament after the contractor engaged to deliver medical supplies to Vanimo Hospital in West Sepik Province abandoned the kits at Wewak, East Sepik Province.

Health Minister Sir Puka Temu in response said this should not be the case.

He said logistics contractors should deliver directly to the health facilities, even in rural aid posts.

Sungi outlines plans for Nuku district

The district headquarters, a hospital and upgrading of the district high school into a secondary school will be on his agenda for the next four years.

With the dismissal of the election petition against him at the Waigani National Court on Friday, Sungi said there is a lot more that he can do for his district, which is very remote.

In the last four years, the second term MP said he concentrated on getting the roads in for the people to access services.

Petition against Sungi dismissed

Kumbakor filed the petition on August 30, disputing Joe Sungi's re-election as Nuku MP.

Sungi was declared member elect on July 20th.

His lawyer filed a motion, objecting the petition saying it was incompetent because it was filed late.

The two issues brought to court in that motion was that two public holidays fell between that period of declaration and the date the petition was filed.

The public holidays were Remembrance and Repentance day respectively. 

Sungi retains Nuku open seat

The National Alliance Candidate was declared at Nuku Station this afternoon.

Returning Officer Francis Yawalan told Loop PNG that after the 7th exclusion, Joe Sungi was declared by collecting 11,112 votes.

Pangu Pati candidate Andrew Kumbakor is on second spot with 7,851 votes.

"Mr Sungi was declared at 2:22pm, the absolute majority is 10,599."

Nine candidates contested for the Nuku Open seat, and the runner up is the former MP for Nuku.

PNG maintains stand on West Papua

Sungi reaffirmed the government’s stand at the 33rd Joint Border Committee between PNG and Indonesia recently in Port Moresby.

He further added that the government and does not condone, tolerate or recognise any illegal activities carried out against the unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Government to open Wutung-Skouw Border Post

Vice Minister for Inter Government Relations Joe Sungi revealed this at the 33rd Joint Border Committee between the PNG and Indonesia recently in Port Moresby.

Sungi told the delegation that the opening cannot be prolonged or deferred as it is one of the most significant investment that the two countries have chosen since the beginning of their diplomatic relations.

DSIP funds keep MPs intact with PM O’Neill, says Sungi

These are the words of Vice Minister for Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs Joe Sungi today during the launching of the department’s 2014-2017 Corporate Plan.

He revealed that members of parliament are not moving to the other side of the house because of the DSIP funds they have been receiving.

“We are not interested on who will become the prime minister but all we are concerned about was the DSIP funds,” says Sungi.

He said if any prime minister wants to change this concept will not be supported.