Powes Parkop

Parkop: PMV issues to be worked on

The Governor said that he and the NCDC management are adamant to draw up amicable solutions to offer cheap, affordable and uninterrupted public transport system.

“In the last 10 years I have been giving excuses and shifting the responsibility of public transport entirely to the Department of Transport.

“I have to work with the Minister and the Department and if we can get the powers to NCDC, we will do that” Parkop said.

He added they will work with the PMV owners and operators to deliver a better service, a service that is reliable and efficient.

NCD education MOA on the agenda this 2018

This MOA will be to decentralize elementary, primary and secondary school responsibilities to the district however results haven’t been forthcoming.

Parkop says they are hopeful to achieve the MOA this year for the benefit of the school aged population of NCD.

NCD and Education Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding 2 years ago to transfer management powers for elementary, primary and secondary schools to the city authority, NCDC.

 “It’s been too long since we signed the MOU and are waiting for MOA and I hope it will happen soon”

2018 anticipated to be good for NCD

This concept will be applied to close the disparity that has existed in the city for the last 4 decades.

The NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the city’s way forward is outlined in 4 clearly articulated goals;

•             Improve peace and security in the city

•             Modernize Motu Koita Villages

•             Upgrade settlements to proper suburbs

•             And improve the conditions of existing suburbs

Parkop: Driver must be charged

The car – a Toyota grande – is believed to be from the NCD governor’s office, according to the Traffic Police.

As per witnesses, the heavily intoxicated driver drove out the intersection at Vulupindi Haus during the early hours of December 24th.

Instead of turning left towards the traffic lights, he drove straight towards the opposite side of the road.

The vehicle slightly hit the bustop stand before crashing head-on into the fence of the stadium propelling onto the beach volleyball court and going right under the benches.

Eviction is cruel: Parkop

Parkop said those who carried out the eviction should hang their head in shame.

The Governor said if there was merit to the eviction order, the police should have waited until after the New Year.

“Evicting families during a time of peace and harmony is a cruel act,” he said.

“I will find out and will help resolve the matter if I can.”

NCD Xmas program ends

Port Moresby residents flocked the military grounds to witness the final performances and entertainment by local artists, notably Mereani Masani and B-Rad, including the Yogabatics group.

A spectacular fireworks display by Lamana was the perfect surprise for the night.

In his closing remarks, NCD Governor Powes Parkop called for a peaceful Port Moresby that is free from all forms of violence.

“We must know the true meaning of Christmas. It is time for peace and reconciliation. Please take this seriously, take it to heart and practice it.”

Security guaranteed for Walk for Life

NCD Governor Powes Parkop stated this in a conference with media earlier this morning at the City Hall office.

Parkop was referring to the recent incident that occurred during the Walk for Life program last Sunday which saw opportunists attack and assault motorists at different locations in the city.

Describing the incident as regrettable, Parkop said this will not make him stop the Walk for Life program that has been going on for two years already.

Manager for Active City program, Fazilah Bazari, says they have taken security as a big major issue.

Parkop calls for NCD residents to unite

Parkop says the date will coincide with the Walk for life next week Sunday and he is calling on the residence of NCD to unite and stand together to say Enap Nau – End Violence.

The governor says this is an opportune time considering the recent incidences that have been occurring.

He said residence of NCD need to stand up and tell these petty criminals that they will not be scared away by their petty actions but unite to say they are not scared to stand together to end violence.

Governor’s walk marred by opportunists

Over K2,000 worth of belongings, five people and three motorists were reportedly assaulted on Sunday at different locations.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop described the situation as ‘regrettable’.

He is saddened by what had occurred to residents but he will not let these hooligans stop the weekly walk, which has been going on for over two years.

Responding to this newsroom, the governor reiterated that the walk is for residents to feel they belong.

Betel nut control laws not lifted: Parkop

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop explained that whilst the buai ban has been lifted in terms of bringing betel nut into the city, however laws that are part of the betel nut control laws have not been lifted.

“This is something the general public within the city has to be clear about.”

Parkop spelt out that some of the betel nut control laws like no trading in public places and certain areas of the city.