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Projects Will Change Lives, Improve Standard of Living, says O’Neill

The National

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed US$4.46 billion (K14 billion) worth of projects to be funded by China.
After signing documents with Chinese officials in Port Moresby yesterday for the projects – roads, agricultural industrial parks and the Goroka town water supply – O’Neill said:  “They will continue to change the lives and improve the standards of living for our people in many of the provinces.
“These are particularly the road and port projects.

“Those projects have been on the agenda for many governments in the past, particularly ports in Gulf, Madang and elsewhere.

“The road list that they have been talking about include the ‘missing links’ of our country.

“Communities have been isolated for no apparent reason except that they don’t have a road or they don’t have a port.

“This is a great initiative which will not only improve people’s lives, but give us an opportunity for many of our people to engage in meaningful investments, trade and job opportunities.

“The Chinese people, government and China Railway are very strong partners with our country.

“They have continued to build many of the large projects that we have initiated over the last five years.

“They will continue to build on that success.
“China Railway is one of the top companies in China and globally.

“We are lucky that they are now investing their own money and resources in these projects.

“They believe in the prospects for prosperity in our country.”
O’Neill said the onus was now on the national and provincial governments in the country to make the projects happen.

“These projects have been the dream of our people for many years,” he said.

“They do not deserve to be isolated.

“They deserve these projects to be introduced in a timely manner.

“That is why we encourage a fast approach in submitting all the documentation that is needed for us to introduce these projects.”

The three major projects are the US$4.1 billion high priority economic road project, US$330 million PNG-China integrated agriculture industrial park projects in Western and Eastern Highlands, and US$32 million Goroka town water supply upgrade.

Also included are wharves at Paia Inlet in Gulf, Bogia in Madang and Angoram in East Sepik.

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Wereh Stresses On Transport

Source: PC Online

BY GORETHY KENNETH

WORKS Secretary David Wereh has warned all landowners and people vandalising state assets on the roads throughout the country that the Protection of Transport Infrastructure Act 2010 is in operation and very effective.

This is the act that saved K120 million of claims against the state on roads issues. Wereh warned that vandalism, blocking of roads and others along the Highlands Highway and other national highways will have severe penalties under this Act – some of which is up to a five-year jail term or K100,000 to K1 million fine.

Wereh said the first Kainantu case undertaken in court under this had saved K120 million in claims and that there were more cases pending.

The act deals with demands for compensation or other payment, extended responsibility for family and other persons, attempts and like offences and threat to commit an offence.

“Being an Act to provide for the protection of transport infrastructure and the land, water and air on or in which transport infrastructure is located and for related purposes, it has got severe penalties – block off public transport infrastructure assets etc,” Mr Wereh said.

“The law is already in operation. It’s the enforcement rate and the Kainantu case is the first case. We successfully obtained a restraining order using this law.”

Wereh said the government’s position is very clear on unreasonable compensation demands by opportunists living along the national highway corridors, that it would not entertain any compensation claims by people and business houses alongside major roads.

He said that his department was already acquiring and paying genuine customary land and property owners affected on all road projects sites around the country through the establish process. We will not entertain any self-valued and assessed claims.

“This is an illegal practice and will be dealt with by law,” he said. No individuals or tribe living along the highway should take their grievance to the national Highways. There is an established process to follow in pursuing grievance and claims affecting the greater public. “

He said the Transport Infrastructure assets around the country are now protected by the Transport Infrastructure protection Act 2010. All citizens living along these important infrastructure corridors are required by law not to conduct any of their self-serving activities.

Wereh said that the Kainantu court order was issued after landowners set up a roadblock at Bane which was illegal and police personnel had to clear the highway, which belonged to the public and not to any particular tribe or clan.

“We must be very considerate of many others who depend on the highways as a lifeline for service delivery and business for their daily living.

“The laws are very tough and will severely deal with anyone who want to stage illegal road blocks and vandalize road assets.”

“The message to the people is simple: Do not block public roads because they do not belong to you even if they run through your land. You are just creating problems for yourself.”

Highlands H’way Needs Reconstruction, says Nali

By : LUKE KAMA ( The National )

 

THE Highlands Highway from Nadzab in Lae to Mount Hagen in Western Highlands needs “a total reconstruction” instead of just maintenance or upgrading, Works Minister Michael Nali says.

He travelled from Mt Hagen to Lae by road to see for himself the condition of the national highway.

“I have travelled through and have seen that the highway needs a thorough reconstruction,” he said.

“So through the K3 billion Asian Development Bank-financed project, we will reconstruct the highway because this highway we are using now was built a long time ago. It does not meet our current needs and demands.

“That’s why it is deteriorating and we need to reconstruct it – not just upgrade and maintain.”

He said advanced designs and engineering were needed.

“The tender will be out soon and it will involve two phases – design and construction,” he said.

“Also there will be two stages – one from Nadzab to Henganofi and one from Henganfi to Kagamuga in Mount Hagen. There will be a Simbu section from Chuave to Munde.”

Kaiaworks Construction Limited project engineer Rex Ate fixing the Mata section of the Highlands highway in Chimbu thanked Nali and Works Secretary David Wereh for actually driving through the road to see for themselves the status of the highway.

Koura Opens to Ease City Congestion

By PHOEBE GWANGILO ( The National )

 

PORT Moresby residents now have a new K80.3 million road to use which connects Waigani to Hanuabada.

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop called it another milestone for the capital city — to benefit the residents of Tokarara, June Valley, Hanuabada and Badihagwa.

“Thank you all for turning up for this importation occasion, the opening of the Koura Way — the extension of the old road and the new road,” he said. “ It is another milestone and another step towards achieving the goal that we have set to transform our city and country.”

City manager Lesley Alu said the Koura (valley in Motu) Way was funded from a Bank of South Pacific loan and built by the China Harbour Engineering Company.

“It was initially planned to be a four-lane road linking Waigani Drive to the Badihagwa Roundabout, but was changed to link the Hanuabada bypass to avoid disruptions to the Badihagwa Secondary School and link more properties,” Alu said.

“There will be about 250 energy-saving lights installed for the full length of the road. We will also provide power from June Valley to Hanuabada.

“We are also creating a small lookout point with adequate parking space at the crest for people with families to enjoy the view.

“This facility will be given to landowners to generate income for their community.”

NCDC gives K1mil for Sirinumu, Iarowari Road

The National

By HELEN TARAWA

THE National Capital District Commission has allocated K1 million for the upgrade and sealing of the final  5km of road from Sirinumu to Iarowari, in Sogeri.

Parkop said that was the plan they had put in place and he has called on stakeholders to do their part to resolve the landowners’ demand.

The landowners forcibly took the keys from officers in charge of the dam on Friday in an attempt to close it. They were complaining about the failure of the authorities to upgrade the road.

Armed with a restraining order from the court on Saturday, PNG Power officials and NCD police went to Sirinumu and took the keys from the landowners.

Parkop said that since Friday he had been working with PNG Power acting chief executive officer Alex Oa, Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi, Central police commander Liamo Asi, Central Governor Robert Agarobe, Kairuku-Hiri MP  Peter Isoaimo and president of Koiari local level government Ogi David to resolve the matter.

“We eventually got the landowners to hand over the key to the valve at the dam and hand over the vehicle they illegally seized to PNG Power. I am pleased that the situation has gone back to normal,” Parkop said.

We Borrow To Build – O’Neill

By MALUM NALU
22th May 2017

BORROWING is needed to boost economic growth, and the country has the ability to repay all the loans it takes out, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.

He told heads of Government departments during their meeting at the coastal village of Keapara in Rigo, Central, on Friday that the economy continued to grow.

“Because our GDP has grown, our ability to repay those loans has also grown. That is why we are able to borrow a little bit more money to build infrastructure,” he said.

“Borrowing is not a curse. It is our ability to manage that borrowing, making sure that we invest in the right sector.

“Infrastructure is nation-building.

“It is the right sector to invest.

“It builds the economy of the nation.

“That is why we must continue to invest in it.”

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He said the Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Bank lent money to PNG at concessional rates such as two per cent because they had “confidence in our economy”.

“Every country each year had a limit on how much they can borrow from these institutions,” O’Neill said.

“PNG’s limit is always being upgraded every year.

“That’s because they do an independent assessment of our economy, and they have confidence in our economy.”

He said the debt-to-gross domestic product level had decreased from 70 per cent in 2000 to about 35 per cent currently.

Sir Ruben Taureka Higway Open

18th May 2015 – 12pm

The 14 km world-class four-lane highway from 6 mile junction to Bautama was officially opened today by Prime Minister and leader of PNC party Hon. Peter O’Neill who assured the people of Central Province about his government’s commitment in helping to build their city after the formation of government after August this year.

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Governor Powes Parkop who also attended the event with other dignitaries namely – Moresby South MP Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, Moresby North-East MP, Hon. Labi Amaiu, Moresby North West MP, Hon. Michael Malabag, BSP CEO Mr Robin Flemming, and Hebou owner Sir Thophilus Constantinou said since independence no other government like the PNC led government delivered in terms of road infrastructure for the country and made reference to the nation’s capital as the model city in the country.

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Mr Parkop said for many years previous governments had budget surpluses yet failed to develop the economic corridors of the country. He said the Sir Ruben Taureka Highway was a prime example of the current government’s commitment and vision shared by his office (NCDC), which was to make Port Moresby – ‘the pearl of the South Pacific.’

The 14 km road cost the national government K160.2m to build under the helm of Hebou Construction in Port Moresby,

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