O’Neill Defends Blacklock

O’Neill further claimed that Blacklock’s arrest was ‘silly and unnecessary’ intimidation of innocent professional by Police and the Minister for Justice who has now become the complainant even though he is not a party to the employment contract. 

He further explained that the parties including PNG Power Board and employee Carolyn Blacklock have signed after consent from shareholder Kumul Consolidated Holdings and approval by the National Executive Council of the acting appointment. 

Komal: No need for new wards

He said approximately twenty new wards have been created in the Nipa region that have not followed due process through the LLG.

The member said he is unaware of the creation of these wards.  

He produced meeting minutes from a Provincial Assembly meeting outlining the creation of these wards which he was not informed about.

NEC endorses Intellectual Property Strategy

The National Executive Council (NEC) has recently endorsed the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS).

NIPS is a strategic policy document that is intended to provide a roadmap to guide the integration of intellectual property into national development initiatives.

Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property framework is a tool of public policy that is generally intended to promote economic, social and cultural progress by stimulating creative work and technological innovation.

PM Marape in Bougainville

Marape was welcomed by the ABG Leaders and was received by a guard of Honour by the Bougainville Police Services and Correctional Service.

The Prime Minister and his delegation was accorded the Bougainville Traditional welcome Tsutsu(washing of the feet).

He will chair the NEC at 1pm and later address the ABG House of Representatives or the Bougainville Parliament at 2pm.

Power to suspend not with NEC: PM

He said this is a parliamentary decision.  

The Prime Minister’s clarification comes after demands from William Powi’s supporters to uplift the suspension of the Southern Highlands Provincial Government.

Following reports of the suspension, angry supporters aggressively showed their disapproval by marching through Nipa with weapons and placards, demanding for the PM to lift it. 

But it seems there has been a misunderstanding as Prime Minister O’Neill said NEC does not have that power.

NEC approves PNGEITI recommendations

A media statement from the PNG EITI has announced that the National Executive Council (NEC) on April 6 directed, under NEC Decision 91/2017, Government agencies in the extractive industries to implement the report which was submitted to Cabinet.

The 2013 Report is the first report PNG published as a candidate country to this global initiative that seeks to promote transparency around the management of wealth derived from petroleum and mineral resource.

New NAC Board to focus on APEC preparation

This was one of the major challenges given by Minister for Civil Aviation Davis Steven during the announcement of the new board on Monday.

Steven alerted the board that important decisions will be soon announced regarding the APEC expectations and that they should be ready for it.

NAC newly appointed acting managing director and chief executive officer Richard Yopo assured that preparing for APEC is one of the first orders of business for the new board.


NEC asked to review Christian health services budget

“Through the normal readjustments to the 2016 National Budget, the CHS be also considered for possible reinstatement of funding gap of K47.3 million,” Minister Michael Malabag said yesterday.

Malabag said the budget cut in the 2016 budget has affected the 47 percent of the health care provision by CHS, especially in rural areas where the government falls short to reach.

NEC to decide plans for drought disaster

Marape explained that the initial K25 million allocated in the budget was expended during the frost period that affected the Highlands and other parts of the country. 

He says the government decided that to make things easier its members are now allowed to use up to K2 million to respond to drought/frost affected areas.

 Marape says an announcement will be made tomorrow.  The government will also reflect this  in its budget for the 2016 allocation for disaster response.

Marape was responding to questions raised by Telifomin MP Solan Mirisim.