Peter O'Neill

PNGDF ordered to respond to quake

"Defence Force personnel in Hela, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces are preparing to deploy when the extent of the damage has been confirmed and targeted relief operations initiated,” stated the PM in a statement.

"There are communities that have suffered from this natural disaster, and we are sending our soldiers and other Government agencies to support our people in their time of need.

"We know that there have been houses lost, roads cut by land slips and a disruption to services.

Partial or non-payment, let them enrol: PM

PM Peter O'Neill told parliament yesterday following questions by Wabag MP Dr Lino Tom.

Parliament was informed that institutions like the University of Papua New Guinea started turning students away during registration last week.

“If you look at the school fee structure, I think it is discriminatory of students whose parents are not so well off to afford to save enough money in one year, to send their children to school the following year,” the MP said.

Namah difficult to serve: Lawyer

Jerome Sioni of Twivey Lawyers today informed the Supreme Court they have had unsuccessful attempts to effect personal service on Namah since December last year.

Four other opposition MPs; Bryan Kramer, Sir Mekere Morauta, Patrick Pruaitch and Kerenga Kua, have been served.

Sioni asked the court for another 14 days to have the court documents served on Namah.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia allowed the 14-day adjournment. The case is to return to court on February 19.

In this motion, Prime Minister O’Neill is asking the court to charge the MPs for contempt.

Churches to meet with PM

The Moderator of United Church, Lutheran Bishop, Archbishop of Anglican and Archbishop of Port Moresby Diocese Cardinal Sir John Ribat will be part of the delegation.

The Churches will outline matters of national concern including Sorcery, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuality and Transgender and Abortion will be brought to the table.  

Churches say it's time they are given an equal and fair platform and the meeting with the Prime Minister is a timely approach to address these issues.

O’Neill calls for unity

Speaking to the Provincial Assembly Members today, during the PEC swearing in ceremony in Mendi, O'Neill said other provinces in the country have developed in terms of services unlike Southern Highlands.

"Southern Highlands Province is always prone in law and order issues during election periods.

"How many times will we change from our ways and allow proper procedures to take its toll."

He condemned an incident an incident that took place some months which resulted in many properties destroyed.

PNG poised to host APEC: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, during a walk-through inspection of the iconic APEC Haus in Port Moresby, said the country is confident and looking forward to host the Summit.

Accompanied by APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and other APEC Authority delegates, Prime Minister is pleased with the progress of the APEC Haus.

He said hosting of the APEC Summit will be a historic moment for the country as it will be our first time to host such big event.

PM extends condolence for late Kato Ottio

“It is with shock and great sadness that we have learned of the death of Kato Ottio,” the Prime Minister said.

“I extend the condolences of the people of our Nation to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Ottio, as we share your grief.

“The passing of someone so young, so fit and with so much promise, is hard to come to terms with.

“It was only a matter of weeks ago that he proudly wore the colours of Papua New Guinea on the world stage as a Kumul.

“We remember his courage and tenacity as rugby league star, and as an all-round athlete.

PM Commits K150,000 for Kadovar Disaster

PM O’Neill also commended the Governor of the East Sepik Province, Hon. Alan Bird MP, for taking the steps to arrange for the people of Kadovar to be evacuated to safety at nearby Ruprup Island, and to the mainland of Wewak.

The Prime Minister said the safety of people in the area around the volcano, and areas where there could be potential risk of tsunami, is of paramount importance.

“The welfare of people in the area around the volcano is of immediate concern,” the Prime Minister said“With volcanic or seismic activity, there is always the further risk of tsunami.

Spare a thought for others: PM

“Invite them into your home to share the spirit with you,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“Look after each other, and set an example for those around you.”

The PM says further says it is at this time of year we come together as a Nation.

“In our communities, our Churches and in our family homes, we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

“This birth in a manger in Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, was the start of a new era for humankind.

“Through our Christian faith we celebrate goodwill, and we share a belief in doing the right thing.

PM clarifies police budget cut

“We’ve got some issues in the police modernisation program that was one area that was cut, because some questions need to be answered about how the program is going, whether we are achieving the targets of police housing and modernising all our police stations around the country and equipping them properly.

“In fact, we spent hundreds of millions of kina in that project so those are areas we need to tighten up.”

However, the PM said the cut should not be taken literally.