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School Contractors Warned! – O’Neill

**** PM O’Neill: Contractors to be Held Accountable as More Schools and Classrooms Built Around Papua New Guinea ****

4th December 2017

 

With more schools and classrooms being built around the Nation, contractors will be held accountable for every Toea in public funds they are given for construction.

That is the clear message delivered by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, when opening a new classroom building in in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

“Continuing to improve education is our government’s commitment to our future generations.

“Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.

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“In 2018 we have allocated 1.29 billion Kina for the Education Sector, which is nearly nine per cent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 per cent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.

“We have placed more than an additional one million students in school over the past five years, and now we are applying additional focus on improving the quality of education.

“Now we are building more schools and classrooms right around the country.”

The Prime Minister issued a stern warning to all companies involved in the construction of school projects, that public money will be fully accounted for and documented.

“Many times the Government has given contracts to certain contractors who fail to complete their jobs and run off with payments.

“This must stop and we are looking back at previous contracts to identify any irregularities for further investigation.

 

“It is vital for our children to have proper buildings to learn, and any time there is fraud this deprives our children of their right to education.

“We also have seen a number of builders that have delivered high-quality school buildings, and their commitment and accountability is helping us to advance the Nation.”

In opening the new classroom building at the Waisisi Primary School in the Talasea District, West New Britain Province, PM O’Neill congratulated all who had worked on the project.

“As I officially open this newly built classroom building, today, I thank the school board and the builders for doing an outstanding job.”

The Prime Minister further noted the growth that was occurring in the Talasea District and said the Government has met with the Boundaries Committee and have decided that Talasea District will soon become two districts, given it’s vast population and land boundaries.

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MP Keen to Address Issue of Squatter Settlements

By : The National

 

Urbanisation and Housing Minister John Kaupa wants to address the issue of people squatting on State land in Moresby North-East and Port Moresby.
Kaupa over the weekend had talks with custodians of land at 7-Mile.
He has taken Urbanisation Office to task in negotiation for conversion of customary land into proper suburbs.
The planning, once in fruition, will see thousands of settlers given an opportunity to own a piece of land with a house.
Kaupa, with Urbanisation Office executive-director Max Kep and senior officers from the office, were at a site known as Faraya behind the PNG Defence Force Air Transport Squadron to meet Moiha clan leaders.
This is the second visit by Kaupa to an area which he sees as having the potential to bring in positive spin-off benefits for landowners.
Kaupa said other stakeholders like Department of Lands and Physical planning, National Capital District Commission, Eda Ranu, PNG Power Ltd and Governor Powes Parkop would be informed once formalities with landowners were established.
He said he had lived at 6-Mile Settlement for almost 25 years and knew problems of land and housing.
Kaupa said he also respected the Motu-Koitabu people as traditional landowners.
“The Moiha clan will get maximum benefit in terms of resettlement and development in their area,” he said.
“We will not repeat the mistakes of the Taurama customary land that saw land owners sell their land randomly, without proper consultation with Urbanisation and Lands Department, or service lines such as water and electricity.”

PNGIPA Set to Focus on Housing

BY MATTHEW VARI

Focus on staff for performance output will a key priority of the PNG Institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA).

Director of PNGIPA, Angori Wewerang, has said the institute will have to focus more on the needs of its staff, in terms of housing in order to get the expected levels of performance needed in ensuring the planned changes to the institution’s focus happens.

Mr Angori made the comments after the swearing-in of the new governing council members last week and made reference to announced plans to have PNGIPA transformed into a regional institution starting early next year. “One of the first things to look at is how we will get our staff reestablished and repositioned in terms of their accommodations,” Mr Wewerang said.

He said while accommodation owned by the institute is adequate for the current needs of the teaching and general staff, the need to renovate and the upkeep was a concern that will be addressed.

“These are all buildings that were built in the 1960s and 70s so we are trying to maintain, revive that, and look at how best we relocate our staff so that is going to be one of the first discussions the council will have to make.

“That is important for us and we expect them to perform, they don’t often come and perform the way they are expected to, and the first thing we are looking at is at how we can place our staff from the teaching to general staff,” Mr Wewerang said.

Sorting out the issue will then allow the council to develop programs in the provincial and sub-national levels of government.

“That is going to be the first thing to see the shift of delivery from here to delivery of the provincial and local level government in areas in addition to that establishment of the Pacific Institution of Leadership and Governance,” Mr Wewerang said.