Maprik District

Libert Kapris is new Maprik MP

The Maprik seat was vacant following the death of his father, Gabriel Kapris in August last year.

Prime Minister in a statement commended MP-elect Libert Kapris of the People’s First Party for his victory.

Maprik Electorate Elimination

As of this morning, quality checks were progressing for Maprik electorate for each LLG with elimination expected tomorrow. Five LLGs have completed their quality checks with elimination expected after Count number two later today.

The five LLGs of Maprik district are: Maprik Urban, yet for quality check; 2. Maprik Wora LLG also yet to check for quality, 3. Yamil Tamaui LLG is second LLG, currently doing the quality check after Albiges Mamblep LLG, which was the first to go into quality checks yesterday.

PSC Gets Keys To New House

Minister for Agriculture and Member for Maprik John Simon handed over keys to PSC Kaupa at Banyik.

The house was built by contractor YIFIG Group Limited at a cost of K500, 000.

This is the first of 20 houses being built for Police officers stationed in Maprik District.

“This is the same contractor that built Kennedy Estate in Port Moresby. We decided to bring in a contractor that has the capacity and resources,” said Minister Simon.

The MP said the District Development Authority paid around K5million to YIFIG to build the houses. 

Maprik aims to vaccinate 30,000 children

The district health office has teams working around the clock to reach the set target at the end of the week.

Vaccination campaign teams stationed at seven health facilities throughout Maprik district have reached at least half of the set target.

Health Manager Raymond Pohonai said health workers have so far reached at least half that number since the launch on October 1st; its biggest challenge is the vast geological terrain to reach most communities.

UOG council meeting underway

The council members, including UOG chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb, arrived in East Sepik Province yesterday to conduct the first council meeting in Maprik.

This meeting will see the setting of strategies and initiatives for the university’s academic year as well as Maprik district’s resource centre's plans.

The eight members, led by the chancellor and vice chancellor, conducted the meeting at around 10am today.

The outcome of the gathering is expected to be announced later in the afternoon.

Community challenged by MP

This concern was recently raised by a member of the district management team Tobias Kwelik.

Kwelik highlighted that most of the businesses especially local shops were now owned and operated by Asians who are creating barriers in opportunities for locals.

He said locals are willing and ready to do business however they are closed off by these foreigners.

He also raised the issue of Asians taking money from the locals without banking or contributing to the community.

He demanded that the district look into this matter seriously.

Calls for more banks in Maprik

This issue is seen to be caused by the lack of Banks in the District.

Member for Maprik, John Simon, noted that banking is of great importance and it will also ensure that locals especially will save their money.

He said at the moment Maprik has only one bank which can only be described as not fully functional, as it does not efficiently serve the people.

He said the Town is in need of more banks to improve banking services for the people.

Simon also noted that he is willing to cater for other banks who wish to operate in the District.

Maprik called on to unite

The service held at the AOG church in Maprik Town saw public servants and local business men attend.

Acting CEO of the district, Joshua Himina whilst giving his welcome speech highlighted the need for unity in the District.

He said the dedication service is meant to commit all to the Lord adding that the organization is nothing without unity.

Meantime, the Member for Maprik, John Simon, was excited and acknowledged the move by the district under the leadership if the young Acting CEO.

Maprik sets goals

This was pointed out by Member for Maprik, John Simon, in the District Management Team meeting on Wednesday.

The MP stated that the district has set its goals under his leadership, with nine major agendas, including education and economic boost.

He said Maprik is a district that is well endowed in terms of income generating avenues such as agriculture and livestock, however this has not been utilised.

Education, he reiterated is seen as one of the platforms that will bring the much needed development to the district.

Case against Kapris dismissed

Magistrate John Kaumi on Thursday delivered his ruling on the case saying there was insufficient evidence in court to commit Kapris to stand trial in the National Court.The court was of the view that the allegations raised against the former MP were based on opinions rather than facts.

The 53-year-old from Suapri village, Maprik District in the East Sepik Province was arrested in Port Moresby on September 13, 2016.