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Motuans To Have Open Seat in Parliament – O’Neill

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.”

Charles Abel: My People are Seeing Developments

*** PNC Government Touching the Ordinary People, says Abel ***

Alotau Open MP and Minister for Planning Charles Abel says he has given his heart and soul for his people over the last 10 years.

Abel told The National that his people were seeing developments and their member visiting them regularly for the first time had made a difference.

“We also have a PNC-led government that is touching the ordinary people,” Abel said.

In the Alotau Open seat, Abel will be facing a strong challenge from lawyer Allan Baniamai and Lisia Ilaibeni. Both had contested the last two elections.

Abel said that in 2007 he was the last person to be nominated and he was on second place to Ilaibeni on primary count by 105 votes out of 39 candidates.

He won by 305 votes only after preferential voting on the last elimination.

“Certainly, I never saw myself as being a politician nor expected to win,” Abel said.

“The Lord gave me an opportunity and I’ve tried to repay Him through a total commitment to service to our people.”

Abel, who is currently travelling the length and breadth of his electorate, mainly in the hinterlands of Rabaraba, said it was one of the privileges of his job to spend time with people.

“One of the privileges of my job is I get to spend a lot of time in the villages, washing in the river, sleeping and eating with people.

“As I visit them yet again in this campaign and listen to the elders and community leaders speak, I wish that I could somehow convey some of their sentiments to those in the urban centres.

“I honestly feel overwhelming, emotional support from the people.

“I will always remember these days as the best part of the job.”

The National Newspaper May 25, 2017

Borrowing for Progress

Highway redeveloped at K145m and renamed Sir Reuben Taureka


The Government will continue to borrow and invest in infrastructure despite “negative criticisms” on more international borrowings, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said yesterday.

Mr O’Neill said this during the opening of the redeveloped Six-Mile to Bautama section of the Magi Highway from Moresby South to Central Province which he renamed Sir Reuben Taureka Highway.

This 12km stretch cost more than K145 million to build.

Highway open1

“When you make such a negative criticism that is not constructive, then all you simply do is make me more stubborn. That means I’m on the right path, so I will build more roads, schools, hospitals, airports, and infrastructure for our people,” the prime minster said.

“We are borrowing more money because we are able to repay that money; we have never defaulted on all our loans all this time since independence in 1975. Our economy has almost doubled over the last five years, meaning that we have the capacity to repay those loans.”

Mr O’Neill said bankers would not lend PNG money if PNG did not have the ability to repay the loan – “that is common sense, not only for government but businesses as well as. That’s why Papua New Guineans must not be afraid of this issue about loans,” he added.

He said 99 percent of the countries in the world borrow money to build infrastructure to grow the economy and develop their country, and Papua New Guinea was no exception.

“They don’t do it any other way if there is any other solutions, believe me I would have already found out. I’m not blind, I am not stupid. I know exactly what I am doing, and that is why we are continuing to build infrastructure to serve you,” Mr O’Neill said.

“The construction industry employs thousands of Papua New Guineans, that is why we must put more money into construction, not only in Port Moresby but right throughout the country.

“We know that Highlands and some of our national highways are big problems. Two weeks ago our government gave a contract to Dekenai Constriction to maintain the road from Laloki Bridge to Kerema.

“Today you can ride from Port Moresby to Kerema on a sealed road, but potholes are still there.

“We want zero potholes on all these highways throughout the country. That’s the beginning that we have partnered with World Bank to do so,” he said.

Prime Minister O’Neill said his government had delivered a lot in terms of infrastructure and basic services in the past five years, compared to previous governments.

“In the last government between 1999 and 2011 when the country had so many trust accounts and so many billions of kina sitting in these accounts, what did they build?

“These same people want to lead your country; you ask them what they have built. They have built nothing, zero; not one road, bridge, school, hospital.”