North Fly MP

North Fly to get three more high schools

The proposed new high schools are Olsobip High in Olsobip, St. Betila in Kiunga rural and Bedamuni High in Nomad.

This comes after the North Fly District Development Authority (DDA) passed its policy decision on their establishments during the first 2019 DDA meeting on February 11th in remote Mougulu station in Nomad local level government.

North Fly MP and chairman, James Donald, said it was a government directive that all LLGs in the province should have a high school.

Donald wants independent enquiry

The enquiry will also be for the possibility of criminal and civil implications on operators of the major gas projects if the earthquake was artificially conduced.

He asked this during a series of questions in Parliament on Wednesday.

James Donald asked Peter O’Neill that the independent report be tabled in Parliament and actions taken if the earthquake caused was manmade.

He also called for a Damages Trust Fund to be set up by oil and gas project developers and operators so that they can assist with immediate relief.

Western people call for independent probe into disaster

North Fly MP, James Donald, whilst giving his speech in parliament during the special sitting said they also wanted regulations and a regulatory authority for the Oil and Gas sector to also monitor the rate of the extraction.

The North Fly MP also raised issues of royalties and levies that the Government must release to the landowners.

He said had there been development levies and royalty payments, provincial governments, LLGs and resource owners would be in a better position to deal with this epic proportion disaster themselves.

Donald seeks stay of judicial recount

The stay application is expected to be moved in court on Wednesday.

Last Friday leave was granted by the Supreme Court to review the National Court's decision that nullified Donald's election victory.

That review will come before a three-judge Supreme Court bench at a later date.

Donald's election was nullified on grounds Nomad LLG falls under the Middle Fly electorate and ballot boxes from that area were illegally admitted for counting by the Electoral Commission in the North Fly electorate.

North Fly relief supplies airlifted today

The relief supplies were coordinated by North Fly MP, James Donald.

Bags of 10kg rice, cartons of biscuits, water bottles and noodles valued at K25,000 will be delivered to the district today.

The items are being airlifted from Kiunga to the remote Mogulu station, where a team will coordinate the delivery to those affected areas.

On Monday Ok Tedi Mining Ltd responded positively to the MP’s request for a helicopter hire into the affected areas.

Minister will not intervene in OTML sacking

He said the sacking of these workers is a management issue.

“I understand that it is grievances displayed by employees. They have a channel to go through,” stated Tuke.

Minister Tuke says Ok Tedi Mining Limited has set guidelines and regulations on how to deal with issues that arise and both parties have to be guided by those processes.

Meanwhile, OTML says it will not make any comments or statements on the matter.

MP calls for probe in OTML staff sacking

Donald said the Mining Minister must ensure an investigation is conducted to determine whether the termination of 100-plus workers by OTML was proper and lawful.

His call comes after the company management terminated more than 100 of its employees on Tuesday for staging a protest against the company.

OTML said their industrial action was illegal as it did not follow the grievance process and was not supported by the union.

They were served with termination letters on the evening of that same day (Tuesday) to leave.