Western Highlands

CID Western Highlands receives computers

Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent John Sagom received the donation of six new desktop computers worth K26, 000 from the Director for Crimes Chief Inspector Joel Simatab at the Police headquarters in Port Moresby on Wednesday 18th January.

CIP Simatab said the initiative of providing logistical support to CIDs in all provinces will be rolled out with this being the first to improve law and order in support of the Commissioner’s intent for 2023.

Highway blocked off

Telape said the frustrated people of Hagen Central blocked off the highway and are demanding the reinstatement of Willie Ropa as the Returning Officer for Hagen Open.

Mr Telape told this newsroom that he will get more verification on the situation.

Teaching a community to fish

The training was facilitated by Australia Awards alumnus local resident, Brian Yak.

Yak completed a short course in agribusiness from the University of New England, graduating with a Certificate IV in 2018.

He used the knowledge and skills gained from his study in Australia to facilitate the training and encourages fish farmers to open businesses.

“Since the project ended last year, there has been continued interest from youths in the community to join the Mt. Ogga Cooperative Society and raise fish to improve their livelihoods,” he stated.

Charles Lee Cup Kicks Off In Dei

The competition is projected to be the biggest off-season league in the province.

It has attracted teams from Dei, Mul Baiyer, Tambul Nebilyer and Hagen Central.

Twenty-six players were selected from last year’s competition to train under the Mt Hagen Eagles franchise; 10 of whom debuted in the 2021 Digicel Cup season. This year the competition has increased teams from 32 to more than 60.

Mul-Baiyer Presents 2020 Acquittals

Secretary for Implementation and Rural Development, Ahi Vaki praised the district during the presentation of the District’s 2020 acquittal report to the department.

On Thursday 28th of October, the District Authority presented acquittals of its District Support Grants and District Service Improvement Project for the year 2020.

K2 million was rolled over from 2019 and K4 million for 2020.

WHP urges self-reliance

But that has not dampened their spirits.

The provincial administration team is working with the little provided by the Government to empower the people to take charge of their own welfare.

The Governor for Western Highlands Province, Paias Wingti, and the Western Highlands Provincial Administration team recently presented the 2017 Services Improvement Program and the Provincial Support Grants acquittals to the Department of Rural Development and Implementation.

Kagamuga airport disrupted by candidates and supporters

Flights in and out of the airport were cancelled with frustrated passengers from the other Highlands Provinces left stranded.

Air Niugini Public Relations confirmed the suspension of its afternoon flight, and said an official statement will be released once approved by the CEO.

A passenger who travelled from neighbouring Southern Highlands Province, Brian Waffi said it was frustrating because he did not plan to spend a night in Mt Hagen.

He said all the candidates and their supporters are sitting on the tarmac and protesting.

New health centre opens to help 15,000 people

Providing a labour ward, in-patient, out-patient services, consultation rooms, family planning services and antenatal clinic, the Trolga Health Centre will provide health services to approximately 15,000 people in the entire community as well as eight surrounding wards.   

The opening ceremony, held in Trolga on February 27, celebrated the handing over of ownership of the health centre to the Western Highlands Provincial Health Department.

Nukundj leads way with successful implementation of DSIP projects

The district was once in a deplorable stage over the years and now it is experiencing a major infrastructures being implemented in terms of education, health, roads and bridges. 

One of the major success of the DDA is the rehabilitation and building of new double classrooms and dormitories for both elementary, primary and secondary schools as well as up-grading and sealing of all feeder and new roads within the district.

Independence Day climb to Mt Wilhelm summit a success

Fifty climbers successfully reached the summit of the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 6am on Independence Day.

Mt Wilhelm summit is 4,509m high and it is located among spike range peaks in the northeast between Madang and Western Highlands provinces.

The climbers consisted of students, school teachers, guardians and parents.

The trekkers started their journey up the mountain in the morning of Thursday, September 15 and reached the summit at 6am on Independence Day.