Powes Parkop

The glue that held us together

This was what the National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, said when farewelling the country’s first prime minister and retired East Sepik Governor.

“Grand Chief, we all love you and fondly refer to you as ‘Father of the nation’. Indeed, this is a title and honour you rightly deserve,” Parkop said in Port Moresby on Wednesday.  

“You are the reason for its survival and progress because you are the foundation that has held this country together for 42 years. Whether we admit it or deny it, a fact is a fact.

Politicians settle decade-long feud

The duo did a public reconciliation at the Jack Pidik Park today to announce to the public their decision now that Vele will be contesting the Rigo Open.

Vele and Parkop were rivals contesting the Governor’s seat in 2007 and 2012.

Electoral coordinator of NCD governor, Lawrence Martin said the reconciliation is a process to combine forces and introduce corporation from Vele’s supporters in NCD to help Parkop contest in this election.

Parkop was 15 minutes late: former aide

Terence Moka told Loop PNG that comments on Facebook and from certain media organization that Governor Parkop came more than an hour late for the farewell  of East Sepik Governor and PNG’s first Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is untrue.  

“I was there at the Stadium, and Governor Parkop came 15 minutes late,” Moka said.

He said plans were cancel the event because of the rain but because Sir Michael had already arrived at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, the event had to proceed and Governor Parkop had to rush to the stadium.

City produces 300 tonnes of solid waste daily

Statistics from the NCD Commission reveal that approximately 300 tonnes of solid waste are received daily at the city’s only landfill at Baruni.

In 2015-2016, NCD produced approximately 230,000 tonnes of waste.

About half of this waste comes from households, just over a quarter is commercial and industrial waste and the remainder is markets and public places.

NCD spends close to eight percent of its annual operating budget on managing solid waste indicate that this amount will continue to rise.

June Valley settlers call Governor for resettlement

Gomosasipo Community Association Inc., who are also part of the June Valley community have expressed concerns over their said relocation dating back to 2015.

Secretary, Garry Imiri said that they had learnt about the construction of the new road back in 2015 of which they were promised a land for relocation once the construction began.

Untill today, they are still waiting.

Members of the Gomodasipo Association had set up a land profile with each of the family heads listed down who were ready for relocation.

Street to be named after Somare

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop announced this when farewelling Sir Michael this afternoon.

According to Parkop, the hill at Four-Mile, where the grand chief’s Port Moresby residence is located, will be called the Michael Somare Hill.

Also, a street at Waigani, referred to as Somare circuit will be renamed as Michael Somare Boulevard.

Parkop said following the elections, a four-lane road will be built there and a big statue of the Grand Chief will be erected.

Parkop calls for effective implementation of GBV Strategy

The strategy aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV by 2025 and as per PNG Vision 2050.

Parkop said NCD has taken the lead in working with stakeholders including the Family and Sexual Violence Committee to help survivors of GBV.

He said wonderful work has been done so far but sadly more needs to be done to reduce the level of prevalence of GBV.

Gender-based violence hinders women’s potential

Parkop, a strong advocator of eliminating GBV in PNG, says the country could do more on unleashing the potential of women in PNG.

Parkop highlighted that there might be all other reasons but the main reason hindering the potential of women is GBV.

He said that despite all the laws that are in place, the potential for women working alongside men to be equal partners in the development sector, private and public sector is yet to be realised.

National strategy on Gender Based Violence to be launched

The strategy aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV by 2025 and as per PNG Vision 2050.

The GBV Strategy was endorsed by the National Executive Council on December 15.

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion Delilah Gore said the strategy does not reinvent structures and processes.

The GBV strategy builds on existing interventions at national and sub-national level to secure government ownership and a stronger focus on coordination and monitoring for quality.

Abused mothers launch association

It may sound bad but Julie Mongui says there is a reason for this.

These women and their families have been evicted at least three times over the last five years.

But what didn't kill them has made them even stronger.

Now they have settled at seven mile, a few miles past Airways hotel, sometimes called Dogura or “Japanese camp”.

Among issues faced is the struggle to bring clean water for their families, which they source from six mile.

Yet despite the sacrifices, these women continue to be undermined and abused by their husbands.