Lae MP Loujaya Kouza

PM: Atiyafa to probe incomplete Lae police housing project

He said this in Parliament yesterday in response to a question from Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, regarding an incomplete police housing project at the Bumbu Police Barracks.

She said a building contractor who has been paid in full has left  the project incomplete and has since disappeared.

O’Neill said he was not familiar with the issue and would get the Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, to make a detailed response to Kouza so she is aware of the state of the contract.

MPs accuse each other of lying

Works Minister Francis Awesa and Opposition Leader Don Polye, and his Deputy, Sam Basil, exchanged accusations after Lae MP Loujaya Kouza queried the criteria used to award K89 million to the Alotau-East Cape road.

She believes the outstanding roads in Morobe Province, namely the Bulolo-Menyamya and the Bumayong-Unitech and Milford Haven roads, should have been considered instead.

Awesa said the criteria of awarding road funding lies with the World Bank as they are providing the loan.

Lae MP urges residents to give back to city

She told 49 graduands of a Ginigoada-run financial literacy training at Ward Two council office, 7th St Lae, that it was time to give back.

The two-week training is the fourth module of training sponsored by City Pharmacy.

Kouza thanked the graduands on Monday, which included two ward councilors; Ward One Kakare Nomane and Ward Two Carol Yawing, and urged all of them to partner with God and help develop Lae.

"With your learning and with partnership with God, you will explode in Lae in its development," Kouza said.

Deaf ears at national govt level: Kouza

She says the current manpower of 370 is not enough to cater for the population of over 300,000; recruitment is being addressed but funding woes are crippling the drive.

She says while it is difficult to be heard by the minister for police to equip Lae metropolitan superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr and his personnel, money from her district was being distributed to the ward councilors to carry out law and order programs.

"I am no way near the minister for police so we are empowering and upskilling people because crime must have a reason or source," Ms Kouza said.

Lae celebrates at Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium

Many turned up in the black, red and gold colours – patriotism filled the air as residents witness a guard of honour provided by the soldiers of the Engineering battalion from Igam barracks.

Despite the heavy downpour in the morning this did not dampen the number of people who turned up.

Lae MP Loujaya Kouza dressed in the national colors was the special guest at the ceremony and called on unity to prevail as one people, one country and one nation.

Sacked Loujaya: Dubbed indecent for defending God

In parliament this week Kouza raised questions about a cabinet decision that was made to allocate 1-2 percent of the proceeds of LNG to the churches.

She says she was in cabinet at that time the decision was made, however when the appropriation bills for the Sovereign Wealth Fund were brought to the floor she found that the decision was not included.

The MP says she had questioned this in caucus meetings and through text messages to the ministers in charge but never got a proper answer.