Sasindran Muthuvel

WNB govt secures PNG Games land

Governor Sasindran Muthuvel says the sporting facilities for the PNG Games will be a lasting legacy for the people of West New Britain.

The 7th PNG Games is among a number of other sporting events taking place in November and the ultimate aim, which is to see the games facilities completed on time, is soon to be achieved.

Muthuvel supports calls for AFP

“It’s a major concern throughout the country with the recent Mendi incident, the burning down of Kiriwina terminal saga amidst countless cases across the nation that has spiralled out of proportion due to deteriorating Law and Order in our beautiful country,” said Muthuvel.

He said investors’ are losing confidence in PNG because of Law and Order issues while businesses are left with no choice but to spend huge sums of money, hiring private securities for their operations.

“This increases the operating costs and lessens the profit margin for individual businesses.”

Muthuvel calls for release of project funds

Muthuvel made this call, after still waiting on the government to release funds which were earmarked for projects in West New Britain.

“The bureaucratic process is a long, stringent and overwhelming procedure which will test your patience.

“It needs constant persistence, persuasion and a lot of energy, with as much support from our Provincial Administration to approve at least one major project.”

Muthuvel commits to secure road funds

This is an OPIC proposed project to upgrade the 1250km oil Palm roads, out of which 750 km is in Kimbe, while the other 500km is in Oro and Milne Bay Province.

“It will be beneficial to the National Government, to fix these roads that will in turn provide increased tax revenue from NBPOL as a result of shorter pick up intervals, that will boost remarkable increased production,” he said.

He added that proper road conditions will also encourage small holder growers to collectively bring their own fruits to the mills, which is an added bonus to production time and rate.

Land titles a challenge for public institutions

Upon receiving the titles from the Lands Minister, West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, admitted that it has been a challenge in acquiring land titles for public institutions.  

As part of Minister Tkatchenko’s priority to make land for public or institutional purposes safe, he has signed off on four land titles securing the land portion in which a brand new Caritas Girls Technical School is being built in West New Britain Province

Muthuvel appeals for Gov’t support

He said during these tough economic times which is predicted to last for at least the next two to three years, the Government must give assurance to support at least 1 or 2 impact projects for all 22 Provinces as compensation for the slash in PSIP and DSIP.

“I appeal to the National Government to have mercy on the Provinces and equalize the distribution of funding in the name of development and to give serious consideration to those that contribute immensely to the economy and are prone to disaster,” he stressed.

Muthuvel hails Govt’s GST idea

Sasindran Muthuvel said it is a step in the right direction in reforming and fulfilling the National Government’s promise to give greater financial powers to the provinces to address capacity issues there.

"It is certainly a way to go to improve services in the provinces that will also be beneficial for security purposes, especially on lives of IRC officers going to some of the high-risk provinces amidst security threats.

​No more delay for PNG Games: PM

He said there will be no more delays and the game will proceed as planned.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was responding to West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, who was asking for government’s assistance in aiding sports men and women to West New Britain.

He said the game had already been postponed twice.

He added that the provincial government has already spent K20 million on infrastructure.

“Can the Government give some assurance that the games will still be played?”

WNB celebrates Independence in style

There were floats, marches and bicycle rides around town and a joint police and Correction service parade was held and was reviewed by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel

Muthuvel, when delivering his speech urged the people of WNB to uphold the values of family and unity among themselves.

He said positive thoughts and actions will always bring out positive results.

He added that our communities have our own cultures and must be followed and respected at all times.

​Candidates to file petition against Muthuvel

Regional candidates Michael Akis and Tony Puana are leading the petition.

The four-point petition covers allegations of bribery, undue influences, qualification to contest in 2012 and 2017 elections, and other election irregularities by the Electoral Commission during polling and counting.

The petitioners accused Governor Muthuvel of rigging the election process on the grounds that election officials had continued counting the regional ballot papers despite scrutineers disputing a number of ballot boxes.