Sir Peter Ipatas

Governor calls on Govt to fulfil commitment

The project is funded under a counter-part funding between the State and the China Export-Import Bank worth K513 million (US$160m).

Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, is now calling on the State to live up to its commitment.

Foundational work at the Enga Provincial Hospital has taken a rather slow pace, with funding constraints forcing contractor, the Guangdong Foreign Construction Limited, to limit its expenses.

The contractor is also indebted to suppliers and needs the funding component from the State to off-set arrears and pick up the pace of the construction.

Forget petty politics: Enga Governor

Sir Peter made this appeal when welcoming the other Highlands governors for the Governors’ conference in Enga today.

In preparation for the signing of the decentralisation of powers to the Enga Provincial Government on Friday, Governor Ipatas is confident that Enga will be a model province in the Highlands region to trial out the autonomy.

He added that even though Enga has been labeled as the least developed province in the region, he is confident that Enga will change for the better in the next few years.

Ipatas calls for AFP presence

He said people’s interest have not been considered when the then Governor for Morobe Luther Wenge sought legal suit against the Australian police.

Governor Ipatas said the removal of Australian police from the country was only to please few politicians and not the majority of the people.

He said the law and order issue in the country is a concern and must be given priority by the Government.

He urged MPs to support him and recall the Australian police to our country.

VIDEO: Ipatas condemns sorcery case

The Governor said in the recent week, there were two more cases of sanguma accusations in Enga Province and more than 20 innocent women, within the space of a month, have been victims of this accusations and violence, including a young child who was tortured near Sirunki.

He condemned the violence and accusations, saying the torturing and murdering must stop.

He said the belief in Sanguma, is not an Engan law, nor culture, and those pointing fingers at an accused are committing a crime against the State of Papua New Guinea.

Enga Governor wants sorcery accusations stamped out

Sir Peter Ipatas says: “This week alone there have been two more incidents of sanguma accusations in Enga Province and more than 20 innocent women, within the space of a month, have been victims of this accusation based violence, including a young child who was tortured near Sirunki.

“I condemn this violence and these false accusations. The accusations must stop now.

“The torturing and murdering must stop now. Enough is enough.”

Sir Peter says accusing someone of sorcery is against the law of PNG, including the torture and murder based on such accusations.

VIDEO: Ipatas appeals for peace

He said this ongoing matter has jeopardised many lives in the province; and this needs to stop.

Sir Peter noted that the fight was instigated politically, adding that there needs to be a strong approach to this matter.

He said there are over a hundred security personnel still in the province, especially in the affected areas, and this is costly for every one adding that the government must step in to do everything they can. 

Dr Tongamp is new leader of People’s Party

Sir Peter passed on the leadership after moving to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s party People’s National Congress.

“I move to PNC leaving the People’s Party in safe and capable hands under the leadership of Jiwaka Governor, Dr William Tongamp.

“As the Leader of the People’s Party, he will provide the direction that is needed for people of the Highlands in the next Parliament,” Sir Peter said.

Sir Peter declares Enga for PNC

He said O’Neill has his support and Enga MPs and will all do what they can to communicate with their people and ensure they are aware of the benefits that have been delivered.

“I am committed to giving PNC a chance to complete their policy agenda through a second term in Government.
“I am obliged to see that the O’Neill-led Government returns for another term of Parliament, to continue the massive range of infrastructure projects taking place in Enga and around the country, and to ensure political stability,” Sir Peter said.

K7,000 award for top performing students

Sir Peter told the nursing students on Tuesday that the top student each year would receive K7,000 straight into their bank account from Bank South Pacific.

The students, all from provincial groups other than Enga, were told that the province would become the choice province for education and health in the next five years.

Every province, except Gulf and West Sepik, has students attending the Enga Nursing College at Sopas.

The Governor treated his own 61 Enga students at the college to dinner with their subsidies.

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