Lekwa Gure

Over K600m for Nadzab airport redevelopment

Actual ground works will commence in the first quarter of 2020.

The Nadzab airport in Lae will be upgraded under the CADIP project that will make it suitable for Boeing 767 aircrafts and a Code E alternate to Jackson’s International Airport.

The NAC general manager of the airport infrastructure division, Gebo Henao, said: “We have the widening and strengthening of the existing runway, taxiways and apron.

Rigo health services expected to improve

This is an initiative of the Digicel Foundation in partnership with the office of the Member for Rigo and the District Development Authority.

The partnership for the purchase of the mobile health centre was signed on Monday, November 12th.

Many sectors in both districts and provinces lack resources and facilities and in the health sector, mobile health services or fully kitted ambulances is one of the vital resources that is lacking; and this is no exception for Rigo District in Central Province.

Rigo launches development plan

National Planning Minister Richard Maru, whose department was instrumental in assisting with the formation of the District plan, challenged Rigo to make use of the abundance of land.

The Rigo District Development Plan was launched recently at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

The event was attended by senior government ministers, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

An elated member for Rigo, Lekwa Gure, thanked the efforts of all partners that were involved in the development of the five year plan.

89 districts, MPs challenged to be accountable

Acting Secretary of the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Aihi Vaki, wants reports and acquittals for Service Improvement Programs, 5 year development plans and non-discretionary funds to precisely show the link between decisions, development plans and implementation and how funds were used in these areas.

This, he says, is the basis of delivering tangible development.

Vaki said it is required by law that these reports and acquittals be submitted.

Rigo petition dismissed

The election petition disputing Lekwa Gure’s election as Rigo member was dismissed today for being incompetent.

The Waigani National Court dismissed the petition that was filed by former member, Ano Pala, on grounds of bribery and errors and omission during counting.

Gure and the Electoral Commission challenged the competency of the petition, which was upheld.

The sitting MP told the court the petition did not plead facts required by section 208 of the organic law and that the petition lacked facts or particulars to support the bribery allegations.

New college planned for Rigo

Plans to convert it are in the pipeline while it is anticipated that the college will open for enrolment in 2020.

Kwikila Secondary School is the only secondary school in Rigo.

While there are plans to upgrade it, there are also bigger plans to establish a technical college to cater for Grade 12 students graduating from Kwikila secondary.

POM’s potential ‘food basket’

Local member Lekwa Gure said the Central Province district will do this by capitalising on its agriculture sector.

Agriculture is one of the district’s potential sectors and with its headquarters – the Kwikila Township – an hour-and-a-half away from one of the country’s biggest markets, Port Moresby, presents numerous opportunities.

“That is the biggest opportunity we are trying to capitalise on and make Rigo District the food basket for the National Capital District,” said Gure.

The office of the member is now in dialogue with external stakeholders.

Rigo development plan to be launched

There are many aspects of the plan but rehabilitating the Kwikila Township tops the list.

Kwikila Township is the engine room of the district.

This is where the district staff carry out administrative duties.

Thus local MP Lekwa Gure says the district cannot talk about development without fixing its headquarters.

“First of all we need to establish land boundaries of Kwikila followed by improving water and sanitation needs, which is also a development need of the district,” he said.

Major turnaround planned for Rigo

This was revealed today by Member for Rigo, Lekwa Gure, during the first ever district dedication service held at Kwikila.

Gure said being non-compliant reflects badly on the leadership and administration, which public servants are a major part of.

“I'm talking about acquittals. Acquittals on the expenditure of public funds. It is very important.

“You need to acquit in order to be given further funding," said Gure.

Rigo dedication service underway

The service is a first-of-its-kind at the district level.

The dedication service is being held with the theme "Serving God first so that the people of Rigo can be served".

Currently, Rigo District is categorised as "non-compliant" due to non-acquittals, revealed Member for Rigo Lekwa Gure.

He challenged the public servants to remain focused on their responsibilities and transform Rigo and its current status.