Sasindran Muthuvel

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.

Repeal funding act 2009: Muthuvel

He said the Act, which was amended in 2012, should be repealed to allow all the provincial governments to resume collecting their own smaller tax revenue.

Muthuvel explained that, in the case of WNB, they are imposing tax on beer (20t per bottle) and cigarette (3t per stick) which brings about K2 million revenue to the provincial government per annum.

However, he said when the amendment in 2012 was implemented, the National Government, through the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), stopped the provincial governments from collecting any form of revenue.

Muthuvel hailed for fulfilling commitment

Muthuvel on Tuesday presented a cheque of K200,000 to Malilimi Primary School as school grant laid under the trust account.

This follows the recent opening of a double classroom for the same school in April just before the opening of writs.

Malilimi Primary School board chairman, Khairul Zanel, heaped praise on Muthuvel for keeping his word.

Meantime, Muthuvel thanked NBPOL for creating opportunities for children living in the vicinity of the school for a better future through education.

"Education is the master key to unlock all doors," he stressed.

Bialla impresses ADB contingent

 

They inspected the Bialla Health Centre today and were impressed on the scope of work done by the project team.

Apart from Kimbe, Bialla appears to be the only district town in the country that is growing in-terms of continuous investments in hotel and apartments, besides the rapid rise in shops, opening up of banking services and other business houses.

With such developments, health is of paramount importance to the administration of Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.

WNB leaders encouraged to work together

Kandrian Gloucester MP Joseph Lelang was not present to be sworn in with the two leaders.

Making their declarations of loyalty to serve the people of West New Britain, the leaders have committed to serve the people wholeheartedly and bring services to them.

Governor Muthuvel said team work is needed by the leaders in order for the people to get the basic services.

He called on other provincial leaders to put away their differences and move the province forward.

WNB leaders welcomed home

The Nakanai tribe along with other tribes were dressed in their traditional outfits to welcome the two members as they stepped out of the plane.

Hoskins airport was filled to capacity as the people gathered to welcome the two leaders.

Maneke had been sworn - in as a Minister of state on Wednesday by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae at the Government House in Port Moresby.

He was the first MP from the province to be elected and to be given a ministry straight after the elections.

Muthuvel retains WNB Governor seat

After the 16th exclusion, Muthuvel polled above the absolute majority of 43,402 by 1,287 votes with a total of 44,689.

He was declared at 7pm last night by the Provincial Returning Officer, Emily Kelton. 

Runner up was Chris Paul Lagisa who polled 26,764.

Speaking to Loop PNG after his declaration, Muthuvel thanked all his supporters in West New Britain and committed to continue to deliver services to his people.

With his theme “Reaching the unreached and Touching the untouch” Muthuvel has dedicated his victory to the people of WNB.

WNB Governor on campaign trail fever

Muthuvel visited places like Pililo and other outer islands of the south coast.

With the focus on his key priority areas, Muthuvel is confident in returning for the second term.

His key priority areas include:

WNB Administrator praises Governor

In an exclusive interview with Loop PNG, Williamson Hosea said Muthuvel will move the province to other levels if given another chance.

“Now our children can go to school in school buses without paying for it and our people can drink clean water from the water pumps, thanks to the Governor.”

He said despite criticisms, Muthuvel has outperformed previous governors.

“I am urging the people of WNB to really assess the service delivery and vote for a candidate that can bring services to the province.”