National Executive Council

Judicial review of ITFS disbanding dismissed

This was because the subject of the proceeding was not “reviewable”.

The main issue the court was asked to review was the process used by the National Executive Council in its two decision dated June 18th  and June 24, of 2014, to abolish the Investigation Task Force Sweep team and establish the new anti-corruption investigation body; Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

A trial was conducted on the issue and Justice Collin Makail, on Friday afternoon, delivered his decision.

New Board appointed for National Airport Corporation

The seven member board, appointed by the National Executive Council, was announced on Monday by Minister for Civil Aviation Davis Steven.

The board will be headed by new acting managing director and chief executive officer Richard Yopo and Chairman Reuben Aila, who represents the Chamber of Commerce.

Kulang warns public servants not to violate the system

This follows the reappointment of a senior public servant with performance issues at the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG).

The acting appointment was made this week without the Minister being present at the Ministerial Executive Appointment Commitment (MEAC).

Kulang said in a media conference today that he has not been properly and effectively consulted as required by Section 6 of the principal law; Regulatory State Authorities Act 2004.

He said the Board of Trustees deliberately avoided invoking Section 4 of the RSA Act 2004.

NEC approves law to regulate non-citizen advisers

The regulation is to ensure PNG’s sovereignty is protected and respected by expatriate advisers who work in government agencies only.

The new law comes into effect this Thursday, September 1st.

The new arrangements apply to all non-citizens who are currently employed by development contractors and other agencies to provide advisory support.

The agreement creates a link between the adviser and the agency secretary.

Logging landowners to be empowered under the revised Forest Act

“On expiry date of a TRP (Timber Right Purchase) project, a review must be done and the concession returns to the landowners, which we have captured in the revised Act,” Tomuriesa said.

He was responding to questions by Middle Fly MP Roy Biyama in Parliament yesterday on why logging permits, held by foreign companies, are still owned by them after it expires.    

NEC to transfer 33% Ok Tedi equity to people of Western

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill revealed thus in Parliament saying this include landowners, mine villages and the provincial government.

He said it is a totally different approach to the past where the people of Western Province only received dividends on the 6.1 percent of shares that were held by the State.

"We are now providing direct equity participation for the people of Western Province and this will further allow for participation at the board level.

Preparations for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup stepping up

A joint committee for security has been created for security operations during the World Cup.

This comprises of the PNG Defence Force, Customs, National Airport Corporation, Department of Transport, the National Maritime and Safety Authority, National Security Advisory Council, PNG Fire Service, NCDC and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) as the lead agency for public safety and security plans.

Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Seamus Marten said preparations are going according to schedule.

NEC: Schools not to collect project fees

Acting Secretary for Education Dr Uke Kombra officially issued the instruction today as per the National Executive Council’s (NEC) decision.

Head teachers who do not comply with this decision will face disciplinary action.

NEC has made the decision to endorse the new single integrated Tuition Free Fee Policy in principal but the section on project fees imposed on parents was not approved after it was abused by schools.

Task Force sweep review deferred

The trial or the judicial review was set down for November 19 and 20 however it will be held sometime after December 10.

The  trial was moved to a later date following an application for an adjournment that was filed by the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s lawyers this morning.

O’Neill’s lawyers filed the application seeking an adjournment after they alleged that the chairman of the Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, breached an order of July 16, 2014 that was issued by Justice Les Gavara-Nanu.