Madang

Youths conduct mass theft, one caught

Two of them, one a teenager, was caught by security guards at Ela Emporium. The other fourteen escaped in a waiting boat.

Madang police commander acting Supt Mazuc Rubiang said the incident occurred at around 7:45am today.

Rubiang added that out of all the stolen items, only two music devices were found beside a nearby store.

“I want the public to assist by doing civilian arrest on such criminals so they can provide information to arrest others who are at large. Public must also help,” Rubiang said.

He said police are investigating the matter.

Carjackers escape police custody

The suspects escaped custody at the Jomba Police Station the same day.

Madang Police Commander Chief Inspector Mazuc Rubiang said police acted on information and successfully arrested the suspects on Friday September 24, but they managed to flee the police station.

Chief Inspector Mazuc Rubiang said the dark blue ten seater was taken by armed men on September 18, when the driver went to pick up an IMR officer at 4am, at New Town. Police recovered the vehicle a day later.

Marape Calls For Unity Among Leaders

Prime Minister James Marape revealed this as he called for unity and cooperation among politicians and key members of the bureaucracy to avoid similar situation that leads to the stalling of public investment projects.

The Prime Minister was responding to persistent pleas by Madang Governor Peter Yama during Question Time to visit his province to see the condition of Madang roads for himself and allocate funding.

The PM responded that a total of K20 million for the upgrading of Madang town roads has been made by the National Government for the years 2020 and 2021.

PNG Air Resumes Flights To Madang

Flights will operate with the DASH 8-100 series aircraft as per direction from PNG Air, this is due to the length of runway currently available.

PNG Air will resume flight operations via ATR 72-600 upon completion of the full runway length that is currently awaiting approval from NAC.

Madang has up to four weekly flights and this will allow passengers and cargo partners to book their flights with ease into the province.

Planning Crucial

This is according to Simon Simoi, Director for Planning for the Madang Provincial Administration who is one of the participants at the National Planning conference that is currently being held in Port Moresby.

Mr Simoi expressed the need for proper planning in Madang and said this meet was a long time coming.

“Madang has so much potential to be more than it is now. We have put together our plans followed all the correct process and submitted them, but I am disappointed that nothing has been done in the last 10 years since we’ve launched the MTDP III plan.

DWU Pageant A Success

The 2021 “Mr Divine Word University” title went to “Mr Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)” Daniel Undaba and the “Miss Divine Word University” title was bestowed on “Miss Faculty of Business and Informatics” Naomi Alickson. 

The contestants for Mr and Miss DWU were students from three of the four faculties of DWU, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Informatics and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

Madang roads to be upgraded

Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, intervened following the close of government accounts on 21 December to access the funding, which was appropriated under the 2020 National Budget.

Kramer, through a Memorandum of Understanding between the DDA, the Department of Works and the Department of Treasury, had the funds credited to the Madang District Development Authority who will take responsibility for the implementation of the work.

“The Madang DDA will now take charge of repairing and maintaining our town roads, as we should have a decade ago,” Kramer said.

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Ships turned away by Madang govt: Minister

The move has impacted essential services, and led to three ships carrying critical cargo, like fuel, being turned away at the Madang port.

Minister for Police Bryan Kramer said in today’s COVID-19 media briefing that the Marape-led government is only focused on closing provincial borders.

The security personnel were not able to reach the Governor for Madang to issue a letter regarding the impact of his government’s decision, instead they gave it to the Provincial Administration.

Triple killings mar festive celebrations in Madang

The deaths were reported along the North Coast Road. Two of those were double killings whilst one was alcohol related.

Acting PPC Mazuc said the double killings were reported in the Sumgilbar Local Level Government in the Sumkar electorate while the third one was reported in the Mambuan area of Bogia district.

“The double killings occurred at Biranis village in the Mugiar area of Sumgilbar Local Level Government where an elderly man of 70 years was killed. The deceased was returning to his house after visiting his daughter when he was killed.

Madang police vehicles set for festive ops

In saying that, Madang Provincial Police Commander, Acting Superintended Mazuc Rubiang, has applauded the Ramu NiCo Limited for sharing their fuel with police vehicles for the Christmas and New Year operations.

A number of police vehicles from different units were refilled on 23rd of December at the Ramu NiCo Operations Base in Madang town upon agreement by the general manager of corporate office, Charlie Hu, and PPC Mazuc Rubiang.

Over 1,500 liters were used.