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Abel pledges commitment to deliver

August 14th, 2017 | The National

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury Charles Abel told Milne Bay people on Saturday in Port Moresby that he would remain committed and deliver as much as he could for the province and country.
Speaking at the annual Milne Bay Day celebrations organised by the University of PNG Milne Bay students union, Abel said he owed it to the people of Alotau district for returning him for a third term in parliament.
“I say to all of our Milne Bay people here, I commit myself together with the other leaders to make sure that Milne Bay and Papua New Guinea benefits out of this leadership.
“Milne people that are here from the four districts representing all our beautiful cultures, its an honour and privilege as deputy prime minister and on behalf of the people and my people of Alotau district.”

Housing Facing Shake-Up

16th August, 2017
Source: The National

THE eviction of tenants and sale of State housing properties have been put on hold while an audit is conducted into two government agencies entrusted with providing affordable housing to the people.

Minister for Housing and Urbanisation John Kaupa has ordered a major clean-up in the National Housing Corporation and the National Housing Estates Limited, starting with the audit to be conducted by the auditor-general.

“No more eviction orders to be carried out and no more sale of (NHC) properties,” he said.
“I am not here to hire and fire anyone. I want to make sure there are structures that support the initial notion of providing affordable housing for Papua New Guineans. We must be compatible in the market as well,” Kaupa said.
Kaupa said there were court cases pending against the NHC, and many investigations on-going which warranted the scanning of and adjustments to the institutions.
He said the NHC, NHEL and the Office of Urbanisation were formed to provide ordinary citizens working in urban areas affordable housing. But over the past decade, they had come under scrutiny “more than any other government institution”.
He put this down to “negligence, lack of prudent management and incompetency in the ability to deliver honestly” as the root causes of the problems.
Kaupa said auditors would be engaged to clean up and restructure the housing organisations.

“The Office of the Auditor-General will deal with the cleaning up of housing and NHEL,” he said.

Kaupa said work would continue during the audit. “NHC is obliged to build affordable housing for Papua New Guineans but over the years, they have not built one,” he said.
“Rather they have been doing the opposite by selling the properties.
“Almost 70 per cent of property around the country have been sold to maintain the corporation’s salaries and operations.”

He warned that NHEL would go back under NHC “if it hasn’t been functioning properly”.
Kaupa said the NHEL had been engaged in huge projects around the country and he wanted a report on those projects.

Leadership Needed to Maintain Services



Basic government services like health, education and infrastructure are continuing programs that leaders have to implement.

Kiriwina-Goodenough MP, also Minister for Forest, Douglas Tomuriesa, said it is not so much the completion of these programs but their maintenance.

“We have started a lot of programs and I’m confident of coming back to continue these programs; not so much on completing them but to keep them going like health, education programs and infrastructure development programs in the electorate, which are important.”

“You cannot complete those programs, those are continuing programs,” he said.

“They are government-funded programs, and all they needed is leadership to keep 

them going,” Mr Tomuriesa said.

“I’ve done what I had to do in the last five years. Sometimes you cannot do everything in one go, but we’ve started off somewhere.”

Mr Tomuriesa said when he took office in 2012, there was no five-year development plan available.

“I found there was no five-year development plan.”

“So the first thing we did was work on a five-year development plan; and based on this development plan, we were able to achieve some of the things that we have done.”

“If you look at my election poster, the 10 policies I have basically covers the five-year development plan itself.”

“Last year, I revised the five-year development plan, and it’s now a 10-year development plan,” he added.