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Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

Governor General Thanks Media

 

04:00 PM


BY ROBINSON LEKA

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae recently delivered his seasonal greetings to members of the media, the government and the people of Papua New Guinea.

 

Sir Bob who will be celebrating his first Christmas as the Vice-Regal thanked the media for playing their part in covering important issues in the country throughout this year.

 

Sir Bob acknowledged the partnership between the media and the Government House this year and was hopeful that this partnership would flourish next year.

 

“You have delivered to the nation, through what happens here at the Government House throughout the year.

 

“I want to thank all of you, the role you have and the work that you play,” said Sir Bob.

 

Remote Rigo Village Gets Water Project

For The First Time In 42 Years And 10 Successive Parliamentary Administrations, The People Of Konakou Village In The Rigo District Of Central Province Finally Have Improved Access To Fresh, Potable Water.

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

For the first time in 42 years and 10 successive parliamentary administrations, the people of Konakou village in the Rigo district of Central Province finally have improved access to fresh, potable water.

Unfortunately, the plight of Konakou villagers over the past decades is typical of many isolated rural villages in a majority of the 6, 000 wards throughout PNG.

With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.156, PNG currently ranks 154 out of a total of 188 countries on the global Human Development Indices.

PNG is one of only two countries in the South Pacific region who place among the 50 lowest HDI rankings in the world (including Solomon Islands, which ranks 156 with a HDI of 0.515).

Department of Provincial and Local Level Governments (DPLLG) secretary, Dickson Guina, during the launching of the Konakou village gravity feed water project, urged for a more dynamic and collaborative drive towards improving PNGs human development indicators.

“I want to encourage our national departments, especially national planning, that this is the program where we can make a change, because it is touching the lives of the people. We have 324 LLGs in this country and more than 6, 000 wards. We also have 89 districts and 22 provinces, but if we can change these 6, 000 wards, we can change this country,” said Mr Guina.

“Unless we change our villages in Papua New Guinea, we can never change this country. All the indicators of the government, the World Bank and the United Nations are measured according to how our people live in their communities. If we don’t have better water, health and education systems, our indicators will be low.”

The HDI is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) human development report 2016, PNGs HDI value saw a 43.4 per cent increase between 1990 and 2015 from 0.360 to 0.516.

During this period PNGs life expectancy at birth increased by 7.2 years to 62.8, mean years of schooling increased by 2.0 years to 4.3 and expected years of schooling increased by 5.2 years to 9.9.

PNG’s Gross National Income per capita also increased by about 76.3 per cent to US$2.712 billion between 1990 and 2015.

Yet despite the successes of the past 25 years, a majority of the 85 percent of PNGs total population who live in rural areas, still do not have access to adequate government services.

Boroko Market Safer Than Gordon

Central Vendors At The New Boroko Market Only Have Words Of Praise For The Security Personnel Who Have Been Doing A Tremendous Job Keeping The Vendors Safe Inside And Outside The Vicinity Of The Market.

 

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BY YOMBI KEP 

 

Central vendors at the new Boroko market only have words of praise for the security personnel who have been doing a tremendous job keeping the vendors safe inside and outside the vicinity of the market.

 

“Boroko Market is the best, security wise,” said a spokesperson of the Central Market Vendors during a Wholesale Vendors in NCD and Central Province consultative meeting with NCDC to discuss relevant issues.

 

“We were victims at Gordon market, our female folks were the  main victims but here they can trade without fear.”

 

The infamous Gordon market which is known for the notorious activities from bag snatching to hold ups was closed for renovation forcing vendors, including the Central Vendors who bring bags of fresh food to sell to the retailers to be relocated with other vendors to the Boroko market.

 

Meanwhile, Fletcher Morobe has been engaged as the design and build contractor of the project which will see the construction of a two-storey structure to cater for more than 1500 registered vendors. The K30 million redevelopment will also include cafes and kiosks, spacious parking area, food court, play ground, a space for informal vendors, landscaping of and a one-way traffic system.

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29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the school’s fifth commencement exercises – those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
“Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus,” Serafina told the graduates.
“The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.”

Source: The National

All-female school team leaves for US

Source: Loop PNG

10/12/2017

An all-female soccer team from three secondary schools in NCD will be sent off on a Sports Visitor Program in the United States.

 

This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program in Basketball, in 2015, and initiated by the US Embassy Port Moresby.

 

The program directly supports Embassy Port Moresby’s mission priorities of empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).

 

“The program offers valuable opportunities to promote women’s empowerment and launches a high-level campaign against gender-based violence,” said public affairs officer, Beverly Thacker.

 

 Thacker said the program will also help to elevate women’s soccer through the participation of secondary school female students, and will further highlight the potential of sports to combat gender-based violence through the year-long Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) campaign and SportsUnited’s sports diplomacy programming in the United States.

This program is one part of the United States’ commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

 

The all-female group comprises nine participants selected from Port Moresby National High, Marianville and Caritas secondary schools.

 

They are:Ginate Mahuru, Joni Babona, Stella Kaugam, Samantha Yuwom, Kuria Gibilen, Carolyn Ruddaka, Manuella Avel, Deborah Tambiol, and Fidelma Miki. They will be accompanied by chaperone Ms. Concepta Wut, a physical education teacher at Marianville Secondary School.

 

The team departs Port Moresby today (December 10) for the 10-day Sports Visitor Program in Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Florida, to participate in workshops on nutrition, gender equity in sport, sport and disability and team-building.

Author: Imelda Wavik

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

 
11/30/2017
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged members of parliament to use the existing law and order structures to deal with law and order issues.
 
The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.
 
The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The PM, however, noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.
 
He agreed with the governor that the law enforcement agencies such as police, judiciary, and other village level leaders must work together to make sure that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in the communities.
 
“We have never seen such a gross abuse of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said the PM.
 
“Police must act on this.
 
“I will ensure that the Police Minister goes to the police commissioner to put together a special task force to address this immediately.
 
“If the local police are not taking charge of the issues on ground, the headquarters must take charge of it.”
 
(Parliament sitting last week)
 
 
Author: Julianna Waeda

PNC LED PNG COALITION GOVERNMENT PUTS THE MONEY WHERE IT MATTERS

 

Comunity Development gets K68m

 

November 29, 2017

 

Community Development Secretary Anna Solomon is a very happy departmental head as her department received K68 million in 2018 under the 2018 National Budget.

 

For the first time, sorcery awareness has been allocated K10 million, gender-based violence K10 million, Lukautim Pikinini Act K3 million, and disability another K2 million, among others.

 

Ms Solomon said yesterday the government was definitely prioritizing its funding and recognizing the importance of social issues in Papua New Guinea – hence the huge increase and first of its kind starting next year.

 

“I am a very proud Secretary because not only has the O’Neill Government seen the importance of the programs that we have been carrying out, they have allocated funding to that effect,” Ms Solomon said.

 

“I thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, also National Planning Minister Richard Maru and the government, who have seen the struggle of this department in addressing the issues that are now being heavily funded here in next year’s budget.”

 

“We will have a massive awareness on sorcery, gender-based violence and, since the launch of the Lukautim Pikinini Act, this was the first time we have been allocated funding.

 

The 2018 Budget talks about the community and culture sector, which comprises five agencies with the Department for Community Development and Religion as the lead agency.

 

The focus of the sector is to empower, promote and support youth, gender equality, and persons with disabilities (PWD), the elderly and women. The sector also supports national and international sporting and cultural events.

 

Over the past five years, the government, with support from development partners, has produced a number of policies, strategies and legislation that drives this sector. These include the national strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based Violence, Family Protection Act 2014, Lukautim Pikinini (Child Protection) Act 2015, child protection policy, national disability policy, youth policy and informal economic policy.

Campaign to target violence towards females

22nd  November 2017

The Inap Nau campaign which is aimed at reducing violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea was recently launched in Port Moresby.

 

The campaign will focus on youths to be the agents of change within our communities by promoting non-violent conflict resolutions within households and community.

 

OxFam which is behind the campaign, highlighted that PNG is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or a girl.

 

PNG in 2014 was ranked 140 out of 155 countries in the world in terms of the Gender Inequality under the Human development Index.

 

This equated to about 2 thirds of women in PNG experiencing physically and sexually abuse.

 

Unfortunately in PNG, Domestic violence against women and girls is perceived normal and most members of the society accept this behavior as being part of our culture.

 

This is what the Inap Nau campaign will advocate against.

 

Meantime, Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru at the official launching of the campaign said the government must get behind this campaign.

Author: Jemimah Sukbat via Loop PNG

Attack on 6-Year-Old Girl by Pathetic and Perverted Individuals – Calls for Community and Church Action on False Belief ‘Sanguma

 

The Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.

 

PM O’Neill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

 

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.

 

“Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

 

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.

 

“These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

 

The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

 

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.

 

“The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.

 

“At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

 

“As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.

 

“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

 

“In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.

 

“Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans. “

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