Morobe Governor

Lae hosts US envoy

Her first stop for the official visit was at Governor’s Office where she met Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu and held high level talk on education, law and order and security (police), rural electrification, agriculture (coffee, cocoa, vanilla), governance, infrastructure, military options and war memorial.

Governor Saonu reflected on the shared history Morobe Province shares with United States of America from World War II.

“The United States along with the other allied forces fought for Papua New Guinea and their presence were felt all over most parts of Morobe.”

Morobe mined since 1920s, still underdeveloped: Governor

This was Governor Ginson Saonu’s statement during the Wafi-Golpu forum in Lae.

“We should have major highways, but we don’t, we should have railways, but we don’t. We should have broad based agriculture, but we don’t,” stated the Governor.

“There are no significant roads, highways, bridges. And our health and education facilities are below sub-standard in many instances.

“Panguna Mine in Bougainville was a disaster, Misima was a disaster, Woodlark is looking a disaster, the terms of the first LNG were not favourable for PNG, Papua LNG was not much better.”

Boana-Nabak footbridge launched

The governor has also committed to upgrade the road between these two places.

The road and bridge will provide access for locals carrying food to and fro for the Lutheran 2020 Synod.

As a national event in Morobe, the governor as the head and on behalf of his people welcomed the event with the funding of:

Alluvial mining for small scale miners, not companies

He said this in support of Morobe Governor, Ginson Saonu.

O’Neill said alluvial mining should be reserved for locals only.

Governor Saonu informed O’Neill that he had with him a letter from the Morobe Gold Field Small Scale Mining Association, on behalf of tenement landowner miners and interested miners in Wau Bulolo Region.

They called for the rejection of an exploration license application made by Wabua Mining Limited and Harmony Gold Exploration Gold Limited in the Wau-Bulolo Valley.

Damaged Bulolo bridge fixed

The section of the bridge at Warabung, at the border of Huon Gulf and Bulolo Electorate, has finally been replaced.

Continuous rain swept away a section of the Warabung Bridge more than a week ago, where youths capitalised on the situation by charging travelers toll for passing through.

However, Morobe Governor Kelly Naru visited the area and dished out K10,000 to the youths, asking them to refrain from collecting money from the public.

Private contractor Classic Engineering moved in, with support from the Works Department, and fixed the bridge.