Monthly Archives: August 2017

Highway Blocked

PC Online

BY PEARSON KOLO

The Highlands Highway was completely blocked as of 8pm on Tuesday at Chuave, Chimbu Province, leaving hundreds of cargo trucks stranded in Goroka, EHP.

The Chuave section of the highway was blocked by relatives of Constable Alex Kopa, a policeman of the Chimbu Province-based mobile squad, MS06, who was killed in Wabag, Enga Province, during the recent National Election who wanted a fitting compensation from the State.

The locals ordered the cargo trucks to return to where they came from or their cargoes would be looted. The blockade stopped PMV buses and private vehicles using the Highlands Highway yesterday.

A truck driver, Willie Nick who was forced to turn back at Chuave on Tuesday morning said that road blocks of the Highlands Highway always put lives of drivers at risk.

Mr Nick said this issue should be addressed through appropriate channels and people should not take the law into their own hands. “This is also affecting the lives of people who are not part of the death of the policeman, who we all feel sorry for.

“The government must look at this issue seriously and address it with respect and accordingly so that it will not spill over and affect innocent people who are using the national highway.”

Police in Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces said they are working closely with the locals in Chuave to ask them to open the highway.

Committee to Address SABL

By : The National

LANDS and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko has announced a Customary Land Advisory Committee to deal with Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) once and for all.

Tkatchenko said SABL was a long outstanding issue and one that was advertised all around the world.

He said the committee was a National Executive Council decision.

“It is a NEC decision that was handed down under the previous minister and I am now implementing it because I see it as one of the most important things of the department that needs to be rectified immediately,” he said.

“SABL has been a major issue for our people of PNG, especially our customary landowners, and has been causing our people to go to court to protect their rights to their land.”

The committee will hold a weekly meeting to get issues resolved.

The advisory committee will assess all SABLs to ensure the legitimate existing leases are secured, Tkatchenko said.

He said there were 175 SABLs that were recommended by a commission of inquiry and about 400 smaller ones issued to small stakeholders.

“At the end of the day, it’s all those ones that have caused controversy would be assessed to see if they would be cancelled or not,” Tkatchenko said.

“This is the tip of the iceberg. It’s just the start and there are a lot of things that are outstanding on customary land.”

He said the committee would look into the findings of the commission of inquiry and will finalise the findings and assessing them and making sure that they find a solution.

No more SABLs are being issued.

“Those that are illegal will be cancelled and those that are genuine will continue,” the minister said.

“We will review every single one (SABL). We don’t want to scare off investors that are doing the right thing by the landowners.”

Graduate Ready to Help Community

BY JEFFREY ELAPA ( Post Courier )

A young man from the oil and gas rich area of Lake Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province, is prepared to help his community to manage landowner funds well to benefit the people, after graduating from one of the most prestigious universities in the United Stated.

Asi Ibusubu, from Daga village, Pimaga, Lake Kutubu, one of the remotest part of the province, also became one of the first person from the area to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in banking and finance, specialising investment management in the School of Business and Economics at the Atlantic International University in the online program.

Ibusubu who also has a Degree from the University of PNG said attaining a degree from a university in the United States of America is a milestone achievement for himself, his family, tribe, province and the country.

“I have acquired a lot of knowledge from this university, which makes it far more than a step between college and the real world but rather a stepping stone to my future,” he said.

He said Papua New Guinea is rich in natural resources that generate an estimated K13.42 billion that assist in the overall development.

The US$19 billion PNG LNG projects double the Papua New Guinea’s economy.

He said landowners receive royalties and equities and other non-cash benefits for social, business and infrastructure developments but they spend it on unplanned projects.

He said there is a need to focused on the delivery of core social functions, such as the provision of a stable and non-distorting policy aimed at building and sustaining the development of a modern market, and legislative and regulatory frameworks, social business, social services, social security and social infrastructure which would lead to the improvement in the delivery of essential services to all Papua New Guineans.

He said he learnt a great deal about “the creation of social business to guide the benefits of oil and gas projects for the affected indigenous landowners of Papua New Guinea” that he can now be able to draw-up their development guidelines and policies to manage and guide the money derived from the oil and gas projects.

“This means, I have developed a concept on how to manage landowner funds that government can direct those funds through proper mechanism to discards misuse and abuse of landowner funds.

“The existing management mechanism is weak and unable to control and guide the landowner monies,” he said.

 

Effective Financial Inclusion Important

Source: PC Online

BY MELISHA YAFOI

Effective financial inclusion is core to comprehensive developments says Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dame Meg Taylor.

Dame Meg made this remark at the opening of the Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit yesterday in Port Moresby.

She said the key tenets of financial inclusion overlap significantly with the current regional agenda on financing for development which includes climate and disaster finance combined with financial literacy and financial empowerment which is crucial to mobilise funding for development and adaptation initiatives across the region.

She said the Pacific Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDGs) roadmap that will be considered by the Forum Leaders next week in Samoa seeks to ensure that member countries and development partners are able to deliver on SDGs.

“Central to the success of the roadmap is country ownership and a specific focus on SDG 17 which looks at the means of implementation including partnerships and secure development finance for the attainment of the SDGs,” she said.

Dame Meg stressed that Pacific Island countries require additional finance for long-term development on top of required resources to address sudden economic shocks and extreme weather events such as recent cyclones in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu that wiped out 30 to 60 percent of the national economy.

PNG Takes Credit for Climate Change Work

By : The National

THE contributions PNG has made in addressing the global issue of climate change are high and cannot be measured, says Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Minister John Pundari.

“We all know that in this age and day, we all are challenged with the impacts of climate change. For us as a nation, and given our own challenges economically, we may not be able to contribute the kind of money contributed by developed and industrialised nations who are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

“But we can contribute in a meaningful way and in a valuable way and in ways that money is unable to measure.

“Money is unable to have a value in our contributions that is by way of our protected environment which the scientific community describe as a carbon reservoir or carbon sink to absorb the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere,” Pundari said.

“We can look at the abundance of our virgin rainforest, our coral reefs and the abundance of flora and fauna that live in it.

“That carbon reservoir and stock as they are called in the scientific world, are the contributions that PNG stands firm to contribute to the global community and that is something money cannot be able to measure,” Pundari said.

DWU to Promote Academic Leadership to Create Quality Education

By : The National

THE Divine Word University and the National Catholic Education Commission are expected to sign an agreement to improve the quality of its education service.

University president Professor Cecilia Nembou said this during the launching of the commission’s five-year strategic plan (2017-2021) in Port Moresby yesterday.

The plan calls for a professional approach to its teacher education training focusing on education, leadership and management.

“We have what it takes to provide the academic leadership to make this plan work,” Nembou said.

“I want to assure the commission and the Catholic Bishop Conference that on August 21, 1996, the National Executive Council passed a resolution to transform the Divine Word Institute into a private Catholic University. So we have no problems. And as partner, we are the only Catholic university in Papua New Guinea.”

K50,000 for youths to start businesses

August 30, 2017

Source: The National

THE Nipa-Kutubu district development authority (DDA) will provide seed capital to assist youths in small businesses.

Nipa-Kutubu MP and DDA chairman Jeffery Komal said as part of his election promise, the DDA would allocate K50,000 as  capital to start  community-based projects beginning with groups that met set requirements.

“Whether you voted for me or not, I am here to provide vital services that will have positive impact on people’s lives,” Komal said.

“People must learn to appreciate services rather than putting up roadblocks and hindering development.”

He said all recipients of the funds would undergo skills training from the commerce and agriculture and livestock divisions and other relevant partners in the district and province.

Komal said he wanted to see youths engaging their time being productive rather than in criminal activities that would cost their lives.

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