Post-Courier June 7, 2017
Category Archives: Development
*** Serious Questions Remain About the Use of Kavieng K40 Million DSIP ***
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has raised serious questions about what happened to more than K40 million delivered to the Kavieng District over the past four years.
PM O’Neill said District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funding has delivered great change for many other districts around the Nation, but not in Kavieng.
“It is within my right to say that there is no evidence of development from the more than K40 million in DSIP delivered to the Kavieng District over the past four years,” PM O’Neill said.
“Why has the K40 million given to the Kavieng District not been spent on improving Kavieng?
“Ben Micah’s focus should be on serving the neglected people of Kavieng, instead he is being driven by selfish grandstanding that is driven by ego. A leader should be able to accept any criticism leveled against them based on fact, instead of crying foul and lashing out with unsubstantiated criticism against others.
“A leader should be able to take criticism, learn from it, and strive to do a better job at delivering development and services for the people.
“When I went into Parliament in 2002, the Somare Government did not give any support to districts in the country. Not even a Toea went to Kavieng District, not a Toea from the Government went into my district of Ialibu-Pangia.
“That is why all the services were run down right around the country. All the roads were run down, law and order was a big issue, schools were run down, health services and everything was run down.
“But when we went into government in 2012, we changed all this and now all districts receive direct funding in our country.
“For the first time in the history of our country, funding is going straight to the districts because I want it to reach people.”
The Prime Minister said the personal attacks by the Kavieng member are unfortunate, but that is the way he has handled himself since leaving Government.
“Ben Micah really should remember that in 2011, when he was bankrupt and jobless, I picked him up from nothing and gave him a second chance.
“The bad decisions he has made in recent years have led him to where he is today – alienated in his own party and disowned by his people.
“His troubles today are a demonstration of disloyalty and ego, and he has a price to pay.
The Prime Minister said despite questions over the use of Kavieng’s DSIP, the National Government has continued to directly fund projects in New Ireland Province.
“We are about to finish work on the road going down to Buluminski, and we have completed renovations of the Kavieng Hospital and airport fencing, and many roads and jetties and other projects were directly funded by the National Government. All school fees and hospitals have been funded by the National Government.”
PNC People’s National Congress June 5, 2017 at 7.38 pm
Policy of ‘Free Education & Free Health’ – Cornerstone of Developing PNG’s Next Generation and Securing the Future
Under the presence of local police, the Ialibu Pangia sitting MP and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made a low-key arrival at the Kewabi local level government for his rally.
The People’s National Congress Party (PNC) parliamentary leader received overwhelming support and made his points clear to those who gathered.
He said the free education program is at its infant stage hence, the desired results will take time.
“The full potential of the Free Education Policy has not yet been reached”, said PM O’Neill.
“We are yet to see the fruits of this policy because it is at its infant stage.”
According to PM O’Neill, PNC will maintain its policies and move the country forward if its candidates get the desired numbers after polling despite the criticisms.
O’Neill made this statement during his campaign rally two days ago at Kewabi Village of Ialibu Pangia District in Southern Highlands province.
He says PNC’s policy of ‘free education and free health’ is the cornerstone of developing PNG’s next generation and securing the future.
Being challenged by 9 other candidates for the Ialibu Pangia seat, O’Neill is confident of returning, as polling looms.
“PNC will form the next Government”, reiterated O’Neill.
O’Neill’s visit to the district is the 3rd during the campaign duration.
EMTV News OnlineJune 1, 2017
*** Regional APEC Meetings to Deliver Real Benefits Around the Nation ***
Tourism will generate thousands of jobs in the coming years, and the hosting of APEC events in growing tourism hubs will make an important contribution to this growing sector.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was speaking with around two thousand PNC supporters in Kavieng when he assured them that their current local member’s threat to cancel the hosting of APEC next year is just hot air.
He said the election of Martin Aini as the PNC Candidate for Kavieng Open is the only way the district can advance with a dedicated elected leader who is committed to the interests of the district and the country.
“These claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously,” the Prime Minister said.
“I have already had to assure our APEC partner economies that he is just one opposition member from 111 in the Parliament, and has a record for making highly questionable statements just to get attention.
“If you ask almost any other member of the Parliament if they agree with Papua New Guinea hosting APEC in 2018, they would be supportive.
“The Kavieng Member’s threat to cancel APEC has also backfired because it would mean cancelling the APEC Tourism Minister’s meeting, part of which will take place in his district.
“The Member for Kavieng would take APEC away from his own electorate just political mischief.
“His four party members do not support him, and even the Opposition Leader is against such foolish tactics.
“Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development.”
The Prime Minister said people around the country are tired of candidates who are standing without any clear policies and who just want to run the country down.
“The only people who are knocking the economy are in the opposition.
“They have spent this whole campaign making false claims, talking the economy down, and never offering any real alternatives.
“The current Member for Kavieng has demonstrated that he is not in this election for his people, but for himself.
“That is another reason why the people of Kavieng need to elect an intelligent and balanced leader, and that is what you have in Martin Aini.
“Martin Aini is a leader who will work hard in his electorate and work in the interests of his people and the nation.”
The comments by the current Kavieng Member are at odds with his earlier statements where he embraced advancing national economic development through deepening engagements with APEC.
Prime Minister’s Office PNG June 1, 2017 at 5.41 pm
Parkop: I have no plans to evict squatters, this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more
Post-Courier May 31, 2017
May 29, 2017 ~ The National
By Malum Nalu
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has assured Motu-Koitabu villagers that they will have their own seat in Parliament as well as a greater share in project developments in their areas such as the Port Moresby port.
He gave the assurance during a campaign rally for Health Minister and Moresby North-West MP Michael Malabag at Tatana village outside Port Moresby on Saturday.
O’Neill promised the people that, just like he had turned Hela and Jiwaka into provinces in 2012, he would give the Motu-Koitabu people representation in Parliament.
“Today I make a commitment to the people of Motu-Koitabu, you will have your own seat in Parliament after 2017,” he said.
“You will have your own member, carrying your own voice, on the floor of Parliament.
O’Neill said PNG Ports Corporation had been directed to ensure that “participation and benefits must go to the people of Motu-Koitabu, and especially the landowners of Tatana and Baruni, which must be clearly defined”.
“This is a commitment from a prime minister who has delivered shares back to Ok Tedi (landowners), shares back to Bougainville (landowners), and there are going to be more landowners who will benefit because of our policies of giving back to our landowners and our people. We want equal benefits sharing with our people right throughout the country, especially landowners.”