Wednesday, 29 March 2017

PNG Opposition Government leader meets SDA world evangelist Doug Batchelor in Mt. Hagen

The meeting of SDA world evangelist Doug Batchelor by PNG Opposition leader Don Polye in Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province, all in pictures. Image Credit: Media Unit - PNG Opposition Government, March 2017.

Polye with Parading youths of SDA Church.
Polye shaking hands with World evangelist Doug Batchelor at the Kagamuga airport in Western Highland province today.

Polye, Batchelor and church leaders walking along the salutes by SDA youths at the Kagamuga International airport. 

Polye greeting  Batchelor's wife Karen as Doug looks on.

Polye misses Parliament session to meet prominent church leader

PNG Opposition Leader Don Polye forwent Parliament session today (Tuesday) to receive the Seventh - day Adventist church’s world evangelist Doug Batchelor and wife Karen at the Kagamuga airport.

Batchelor and his wife with their delegation touched down today in a chartered plane to a red-carpet treatment by the church leaders and the Opposition Leader. They departed the airport along a corridor made of people with the church faithfuls waving, singing and clapping.

Batchelor is an author, evangelist and the director of Amazing Facts. Over 60,000 people braved the down pour to take a glimpse of the Batchelors, Mr Polye and the church leaders at Hatti community in Hagen, Western Highlands.

Polye was invited by the Western Highlands mission to officiate at a week crusade.
The Opposition Leader, a member of the church, commended fellow church members for tidying up Mt Hagen city to its glorious days.

Polye shaking hands with World evangelist Doug Batchelor at the Kagamuga airport in Western Highland province today.

Don Polye officiates new THE Party office in Morobe Province

PNG Opposition Leader Don Polye’s Triumph Heritage Empowerment party has an office at One-Mile in Lae, Morobe province.

Mr Polye officially opened the office yesterday (Sunday) in the presence of THE party executives and supporters. He said the party was confident of winning more seats in the province.

Polye thanked the owner of Skyline lodge Mark Pema for kindly making the office available for its operation.  He added that without an office, THE party would find it difficult to manage its daily work to claim victory over many seats in the province to form the next government.

They have vowed to support THE party and its candidates contesting various seats in the province, except Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil’s electorate.  Businessman and supporter Mark Pema said they would work with the party officials in striving to win as many seats as possible in the province.

Only Lae MP Loujaya Kouza is a member of THE party. In front of Mr Polye, they pledged to rally behind Kouza to retain her seat. Polye donated K10, 000 cash to the officials for office consumables.
 

Polye in THE party's office in Lae, Morobe whilst party executives and supporters look on. Image Credit: Media Unit - PNG Opposition.

LLG President assures people of road link in Wabag

Wabag LLG president Roy Kipalan has assured the people of Maramuni that he would link them with the rest of the province through a road.

Mr Kipalan said the Wabag District Development Authority has budgeted over K50 million under its current MP Robert Ganim. However, he added, there is nothing in the area to reflect that.

“Apart from other funds, K10 million as DSIP has been given annually for a period of five years since 2012 totaling over K60 million,” he told a cheering crowd at Pasalagus in Maramuni. He said Maramuni remained unchanged, urging the people to vote for a service-oriented leader.
“Dishing out cash only K5000 to K10, 000 handouts to you is only to brainwash as it is peanut.  “Londor to Maramuni road was built by my uncle late Sir Albert Kipalan when DSIP fund was only K100, 000 per annual. He did not have such funds like this before,” he said. 

Kipalan said even when our former Wabag MP Sam Abel also over K10 million for the road, adding it is still incomplete. “Even though, K50 to K60 million was budgeted for the district, the road never reached Maramuni station. 

“My uncle’s legacy for Maramuni lives on. I have a special heart for Maramuni. I will make this missing link a thing of the past,” he said. He said on record he had delivered many projects in the district.

TALITA EDUCATES RURAL MARAMUNI ON ELECTION

The Issue of Writ on April 20 means the mandate now being enjoyed by the MPs will be stripped and bestowed again on the people. Patron for Enga komba pamana association Sandy Talita said this at a launch of Awari alluvial in Maramuni today (March 24).
“When the Issue of Writ is opened on April 20, all the members become like us, the ordinary people. 

“Their mandate will be stripped of from our MPs and bestowed on you. You will now be the open MPs. You will be the governor. Do not sell your votes. The Governor-General will take away the mandate and bestow it back on you (people),” Mr Talita said.
He warned the people that the candidates would plead for the mandate from them. 

“The current MPs will come to our homes with money. You will be a decision maker. Those who did not deliver services must be ousted. Community leaders have vowed to oust those who did not deliver services to their doorsteps. 

The association has donated K17, 000.
Meanwhile, he said Triumph Heritage Empowerment party’s vision was to empower the people. “We will not clothe nor house you. But we will only empower you financially so that you improve your livelihood by yourself. 

“You have seen the true colors of our leaders. Many allegations of corruption have been levelled against the government. We must change it. What else will you reap from them when you have not been served better? We will empower you to overcome the bondage of poverty and corruption. We must not dwell in the past of sugar-coated promises,” he said. 

Talita has expressed regret at the state of some other forgotten people in the province still living in the stone age. The lack of goods and services, and the challenges the people faced daily caused him to burst into tears. 

“Lapelam and Yangis amongst others are neglected. Our vision now is for us to empower them so that they too can enjoy goods and services in the urban areas,” he said.

Engan leaders greeting the people of Maramuni. Image Credit: Media Unit - PNG Opposition.

"Alternative Govt to link up all PNG rural areas," Polye told crowd in Enga

THE PNG Opposition wants the country’s most-isolated districts connected to the rest of the provinces, Opposition Leader Don Polye told a crowd in Wabag’s Maranumi last Friday.

Mr Polye said there were four districts in PNG lacking road links, adding they are Pomio (East New Britain), Karamui-Nomane (Chimbu) Telefomin/Oksapmin (Sandaun) and Maramuni (Enga).
“Our alternative government’s policy is we will budget K300 million to link all these areas to the rest of the country,” he told them.

He said even if he didn’t form the next government, he would still honor the commitment as a Kandep MP. He stated of that Pomio and Telefomin/Oksapmin would get K50 million each whist K100 million each will be received by Maramuni and Karamui-Nomane.

Polye said most of the road projects were polarized in urban areas only, citing billions of taxpayers’ funds were ‘wasted’ in Port Moresby alone at the expense of these areas. The Opposition Leader described the flyover project in the city as ‘economically useless.’ 

“The flyover in the nation’s capital cost us over K300 million. If the government had funded these roads, our rural people’s livelihood have been improved. He said when he was a Works Minister in the past government, he gave K10 million for the construction of Maramuni road, which is still incomplete.

Polye was in Maramuni to launch an alluvial gold mining exploration. He arrived there with his delegation to a hero’s welcome.

Polye greeting the people of Maramuni. Image Credit: Media Unit - PNG Opposition.

Don Polye assures resource owners maximum benefit

THE current Mining and Petroleum laws will be reviewed to consider maximum benefits for resources, Opposition Leader Don Polye said last Friday.

Launching an alluvial gold mine exploration in Maramuni, Mr Polye said livelihood of the people should be improved first before exploring the project. “As alternative Prime Minister, I want to review the current legal regime to ensure landowners’ benefit more,” he told a cheering crowd.

He said their livelihood had to be improved first, adding lessons should be learnt from other landowners screaming for their rightful dues. He said those new mining and petroleum projects will be categorized into two under the alternative government’s policy; 

- Those companies which got licenses under the current legislative regime. 

- The second is where exploration has already started without the issuance of the licenses. It will come under a new law to maximize their benefit more than the state’s or the developer’s. In this way, our people will have better platform to maximize their benefits. 

“Other new petroleum projects will be developed under a new regime. This could be similar to the mining sector proposition to shift to a production/benefit sharing agreement. Taxation, royalties and benefits will be reviewed to create better business environment for all parties. Again, local and national content should be given significant attention here.

“All exploration licences issued be reviewed and exploration work done so far, will be assessed,” he said. Polye said national content or local content was very important, adding a national content policy needed to be developed immediately in the petroleum sector.

“Petroleum technological and technical skills need to be developed in young Papua New Guineans. “PNG’s technical college specific for Petroleum be established or upgraded where such courses are taught. Training and employment of local people and finally achieving localization of positions is crucial for enhancing national content,” he said.

Meanwhile, a career geologist from Maramuni Yessimi Marinki commended Polye for making possible the alluvial gold mine exploration. Marinki said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had failed to give a green light for the project, adding his proposal was collecting dust in his office for over two years.

Landowner Peter Kep receiving exploration test certificate from Polye whilst others look on. Image Credit: Media Unit - PNG Opposition.

A PNG MP warns citizens on imminent inflation

LAIGAP-Porgera MP Nixon Mangape warns that fellow citizens should brace for tougher economic challenges in the months ahead.

Speaking to a crowd at Maramuni in Wabag, Enga province, Mr Mangape said last Friday that these were mainly as a result of the K3 billion loan.“The government has no funds to pay for their bills. Public service salary has been delayed. There are no drugs and medical kits in the health facilities across the country,” he told them.

He said tuition-fee free funds had been delayed, adding Parliament and the Government House faced cuts to electricity supplies due to non-payment of bills.A hospital, he said, in his district has run out of medicines for three months due to non-payment of operational funds from the government. He also warned that a 1kg rice packet being sold in Maramuni for K15 would be bought with K20 in the weeks ahead.

Mangape said the gap between the rich and the poor would reach unprecedented levels. He stated that there were also cuts in District Services Improvement and PSIP funds. “These are the signs of symptoms of our economy taking a nose dive. “The government has no money to fund the election. The increase in nomination fee from K1000 to K10, 000 is a proof of our cash-stripped economy,” he said.
He said the Opposition MPs opposed the bill. Meanwhile, the Opposition stalwart warned them not to ‘sell their votes’ in this year’s election.