Prime Minister James Marape

Leave buai at home, public servants told

Staff of the National Housing Corporation who had a visit from Prime Minister James Marape on July 15th were bluntly told off.

“Simple thing first and please public servants right across the country. Yu lusim buai lo haus blo yu. Yu laik helpim mi senisim kantri, your attitude (chewing) will not make us change this country,” stated Marape.

PM visits NHC

This morning he visited the staff of the National Housing Corporation alongside minister responsible, Justin Tkatchenko.

The National Housing Corporation is one government entity that has seen huge concerns of corruption being raised against it.

PM Marape paid a visit to the staff of the NHC not only to empower them but see the working environment.

No salary increases: Marape

This will be his position as a member of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC).

Marape said this after being sworn in as member of the SRC today.

The official swearing-in ceremony of three new members of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee was held at Government House and signed off by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae.

They included Prime Minister Marape, Public Service Minister Wesley Nukundj and Deputy Secretary Policy & Reforms of the Department of Personnel Management, William Hapipai.

PM urges IRC to step up

Companies who evade tax have been warned that strict penalties will be applied going forward.

Prime Minister James Marape, while on a visit to the Internal Revenue Commission Office with Treasurer Sam Basil, warned big companies who have been evading tax that their time is up, and they must own up as forensic audit will be conducted.

Aus asked to cancel Paladin contract

Marape said the process has begun and is expected to take several weeks.

He made the official statement in Parliament following questions raised by the Opposition regarding the Paladin contract and Supreme Court orders pertaining to the closure of the Regional Processing Centre.

I will resign if implicated: PM

Marape made this statement in Parliament when responding to questions raised yesterday.

He said the inquiry will begin soon and those implicated must face the full force of justice.

PM Marape went on and urged the Ombudsman Commission to go beyond their investigation and hold those implicated accountable.

“I am not fearful of this inquiry. If I am found to have conducted improperly when the inquiry is terminated, I will be the first one to resign from this office, Mr Speaker,” he said.

CoI into controversial UBS loan

Prime Minister James Marape announced this in Parliament on June 26th while giving his statement on the Ombudsman Commission Report.

Marape stated that a full Commission of Inquiry will be conducted into the alleged improper borrowing of A$1.239 billion from the UBS and those implicated will be dealt with accordingly.

Vice ministers appointed

Marape visits ANGAU Hospital redevelopment

Delivered under the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership, the ANGAU redevelopment will provide a world-class hospital in Lae. The project also includes upgrades to five health clinics in Bulolo, Wau, Mutzing, Etep and Braun, ensuring better health service delivery in remote communities.

During the visit, Prime Minister Marape and High Commissioner Davis opened the new ANGAU Haus Lotu, the hospital’s multi-denominational chapel. The chapel will not only function as a place of worship and reflection, but also as a facility for meetings, conferences and presentations.

PM speaks of quality education

However, with free education, one must speak about the quality of education for those children who are in school.

These were the remarks of Prime Minister James Marape when addressing the nation recently.

He admitted that challenges as a nation in the education sector remain.

He further said: “When providing healthcare to the 8 million citizens of this country, we must not just talk about basic health care but specialist health care, where basic healthcare also entails the quality aspect.