Special Economic Zone will not displace people: Andrias

He is also the chairman of the project steering committee. 

“Any project we will not displace any traditional landowners because the land is very large and does not have people sitting on it,” Andrias said.

He added that the project is a National Government funded project and currently the government is building basic infrastructures like roads and electricity lines to the project site for investor to start its feasibility studies.    

“Basic infrastructures and law and order is a prerequisite for the investor to settle and invest,” Andrias said.

Boat carrying 6 goes missing

The boat, carrying four females and two males, was returning to Wewak on Saturday (March 4) after their betelnut sales run to Lorengau.

A Manus woman is amongst those missing while the rest are from Tarawai Island, Murik and Maprik in the East Sepik Province.

Acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, told Loop PNG the missing boat was reported on Friday 10 March after it did not reach Wewak.

Eggs from Sepik project to hit shelves in a year’s time

That is the guarantee from the developer of the Sepik Chicken, Grain and Cocoa project, Innovative Agro Industry (IAI).

IAI chairman Ilan Weiss said the eggs will be the first produce from the project to be sold and could be hitting the shelves in June or July 2017, followed by chickens.

The surrounding communities will greatly benefit from the project because majority of the stock feeds’ source of cassava and corn, and also chicken, will be bought from outgrowers to support the factory supply.

Government plans fitting farewell for Sir Michael

That was the guarantee from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when speaking to the people of East Sepik who converged to Yangoru Station to witness launching of the Sepik Chicken, Grain and Cocoa projects on Wednesday.

Sir Michael who is the longest serving parliamentarian in the Commonwealth had already announced that this will be his last term serving the people of East Sepik.      

WULLG to re-install solar lights along Meni beach

Wewak Town mayor Charles Malenki said, WULLG will take ownership of the solar lights to protect it from being stolen again.

East Sepik Provincial Government has allocated K800,000 to light up the picturesque beach but vandals stole majority of the 50 solar panels.

"We did not monitor (the solar lights) youths take advantage of it and remove it, and we have reported it to the police," Malenki said.

He added that police are still investigating the incident.

O’Neill arrives in Wewak

Accompanying him was Finance Minister James Marape, Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll, Tourism Minister Tobias Kulung, Health Minister Michael Malabag and Higher Education Minister Francis Marus.

This is PMs first official visit after his government defeated the Opposition sponsored Vote of No-Confidence motion last Friday.

Opposition calls for release of students in Wewak

He said such arrests and detainment is uncalled for in a democratic country like PNG; it is unlawful and might lead to chaos in the country.

“Students should not be locked up in prison.”

Polye said the students were just practicing their rights to do awareness and inform their parents and the people of the nation about issues affecting the country.

“For the police to lock them up in cells is uncalled for and morally wrong.”

Polye is calling on Police Commissioner Gari Baki to direct his police commander in Wewak, East Sepik, to release the students.

Sir Michael's final words

Those were the remarks of the founding father of this great nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, during his 80th birthday celebration in Wewak, East Sepik Province. He made the statement when he also officially announced his retirement from politics in front of his family, friends and diplomatic corps.

“My wish is that we will learn to treat our adopted system of government with unwavering respect. May we never let the sins of our own past dominate our ability to lead by example.”

Thousands flock to celebrate Sir Michael’s 80th birthday

Among the very important people are former members of parliament Sir Peter Barter, Sir Arnold Amet, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Mekere Morauta, Sir Dadi Toka from Hanuabada and others.

Also in attendance to witness the celebration was Sir Michael's son Arthur Somare and other expatriates from overseas.

Also in attendance were Madang Governor Jim Kas and people of Madang with their gifts.

Meanwhile people are still flocking to the stadium.

Knights to celebrate Sir Michael’s 80th birthday in Wewak

Grand Chief Rt. Hon Sir Michael T, Somare, the founding Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea turns 80 on April 9, 2016.

According to Melanesian News, the Grand Chief will celebrate his birthday and 48 years in politics in Wewak with his family, friends and colleagues. International guests are also likely to attend the celebrations.

Sir Peter, the Managing Director of Melanesian Tourists Services along with close friends of Sir Michael will visit Wewak aboard the Kalibobo Spirit to witness the important historic event.