Richard Maru

TIPNG calls for full NID investigative report

This follows the suspension of former head of NSO, Roko Koloma, and the establishment of an investigation team into the NID project.

“In welcoming these positive steps taken by the Minister, TIPNG strongly feels that there is still much to be concerned about in terms of public interest and accountability of public funds apparently splurged on this project,” stated the anti-rot agency.

Kubalia secondary anticipates major changes

Minister Maru said this when visiting the school on October 4th.

The visit was the first in around five years and Minister Maru returned with an important gift.

Minister Maru made a long awaited return to Kubalia to visit its secondary school and to make a significant presentation; a brand new school truck.

Welcomed by hundreds of locals, Acting Principal, Ken Guambagi, thanked Minister Maru for the presentation.

Work on Numbo Bridge set to start

He said he has been advised by Works Secretary, David Wereh, that the materials of the bridge will arrive this week.

The Numbo Bridge will cost K10 million and will be over 50 metres long.

“On the 9th of October, 54 metres in materials of the bridge will come down from Wewak. And the Department of Works will work on both sides to get the bridge up,” said the Minister.

The construction of the Numbo Bridge will accompany construction of the 4-in-1 classroom and four teachers’ houses of Numbo Junior High School.

MTDP III is ambitious: Maru

The Five Year Plan was launched last night by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, in a gala event in Port Moresby.

Witnessed by VIPs from the public and private sector, diplomatic corp, government, and special interest groups, the  MTDP III Plan is said to be the most bild and ambitious plan the government will undertake.

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru said in a nutshell the plan Inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Focus on public servants

Twenty-nine course participants in the Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province graduated on Friday after two weeks of training in Project Management and Financial Management. The training was facilitated by the PNG Institute of Leadership and Governance.

MSMEs essential for PNG’s economy: Minister

National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, said this is important due to the sheer size of the small business sector and the need to broaden the economic base.

He said this during the opening of the ABAC MSME & Innovation Summit yesterday in Port Moresby.

Minister Maru said MSMEs drive the economy forward and provide food and shelter for millions of people in PNG.

He stated that MSMEs contributed 30 percent of PNG’s GDP providing employment and economy, participation of 80 percent of the population, the largest by any sector.

K21m released for district hospitals

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said within the next two months the remaining balance will also be released to continue the work.

He said this when questioned by Ambunti-Dreikikir MP, Johnson Wapunai.

Wapunai asked Minister Maru on the status of the funding and when the funds might be released so that district hospitals can be upgraded to the prescribed Level Four.

Minister condemns burning of dormitory

“There can be no excuse for such a behaviour by students or anyone and I will ensure those responsible will be investigated and face the full force of the law,” Minister Maru said.

The Minister is calling a Special Meeting of the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority to provide a report on the school. He has requested Yangoru-Saussia DDA CEO, Fantson Yaninen, to provide this report. The Minister wants to get down to the bottom of the reasons behind the burning of the dormitory.  

New high school for Winge

Yangoru-Saussia MP and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said the District Development Authority (DDA) has approved the establishment of the high school.

Minister Maru made the announcement during the opening of a new three-in-one elementary classroom in Winge Central.

Minister Maru announced that the soon-to-be built high school was only awaiting a suitable land area as the initially identified land within the Winge community school was unsuitable.

Development Cooperation Policy being revised: Minister

“Extensive consultations with citizens, the private sector and government stakeholders across the country, in different fora during the course of 2018, have informed me and my department of the direction we need to take to bring prosperity and resilience to all people in Papua New Guinea. These inputs have been captured in our next national Medium Term Development Plan 3 (2018-2022),” said Minister Richard Maru.

“For us to achieve these plans we need everyone working in unison.