Northern Province

Fraud squad arrests Engan businessman

Yesterday, detectives from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate (NFACD) arrested managing director for First National Real Estate Ltd, Martin Piason, aged 39 of Tsak village, Wapenamanda.

He was charged with one count of misappropriation of more than K1.3 million under the criminal code act and one count of money laundering under proceeds of crime act.

In a statement, fraud director Matthew Damaru said it is alleged K3 million was paid by the Ijivitari District Treasury to two companies for purported mobile health programs.

Man charged for misappropriation

It was alleged that the accused, Sam Vegego, has been misappropriating money from the Oro Provincial Administration office.

Police report that this incident has been taking place since January of this year.

In total, Vegego has misappropriated K168,785 from the Provincial Administration Office and diverted it to his own personal use.

The matter has been referred to Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation to take place.

Allegations are absurd: Juffa

Juffa said this in response to a petition signed by rival candidates contesting the Northern Regional Seat to re-check all ballot papers and locate the whereabouts of eight thousand unused ballot papers, which they claim may have been used in the count.

Their claims stem from the fact that Juffa has mustered a commanding lead in the Northern Regional race, adding it is unrealistic.

Incumbent Ijivitari MP and Regional candidate, David Arore, was reported on TVWAN news saying this was the biggest political fraud in the Province.

COUNTING: Northern’s progressive results

All three seats in the province completed count 9 as of 4pm today.


COUNTING: Northern Provincial’s progressive results - after count 4

​Empowering aspiring Oro musicians

Pushing this agenda with the inaugural Oro Music Festival is a recently formed foundation called the Birdwing Foundation.

The foundation is a community initiative aimed at supporting individuals and groups from Oro Province.

In collaboration with the Cosmopolitan Club, the Oro Music Fest will be staged this weekend, May 19, at the super club.

The Music Fest is an initiative aimed at promoting and empowering musicians from its homeland.

There are some famous bands from Oro that have graced PNG’s music industry, including a new breed of emerging musicians.

TFF working at district level: Gore

Gore said this following the opening of five new teachers houses and a double classroom building at Agenahambo Primary School in Sohe district.

The Minister and local Member said this was a positive outcome despite many negative stories that have been reported in the media about Northern Province.

“Thank you parents and thank you to the school management on how you managed these funds.

“They (Government) are sending money down to the schools, if monies are used properly schools will be developed like these,” Gore said.

Cyclone Guba flooding still haunts locals

Virginia Pijai, a women’s leader from Numba village in Afore, Ijivitari District in Northern Province said locals dread another similar disaster during heavy downpours.

She said many lessons had been learnt from the disaster, which claimed the loves of 14 people from their village

Pijai said villagers have begun making gardens and building homes away or on higher ground from the rivers and waterways.

However, this does not erase the fear of another flooding disaster.

Coffee grower asks for road repairs in Northern Province

Ese Development Association, Activity Coordinator and coffee farmer, Machara Otosi, told Loop PNG that the current road conditions are forcing coffee growers to sell their coffee beans at low prices.

The Numba villager said the very bad state of roads and distance meant that they sold their coffee at very low prices to individual buyers willing to make the journey up into the mountains.

Otosi said at one time he sold 20 50kg bags of coffee of which if sold at the market price between K5 and K10, he would have made between K5,000 to K10, 000.

Oro people flood town as Juffa nominates

The incumbent Governor had been at the Kokoda Station earlier to celebrate ANZAC Day with officials from Australia, including the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

After a brief Memorial Service, Juffa was transported via helicopter to his waiting supporters at Dorin Park in Popondetta.

Juffa had opted to move in quietly and nominate for his respective seat, but the people of Oro would not allow it.