110716DON’T INTERFERE CALL
By Tom Kathoa
Schools Boards of Governors and Managements in Bougainville have been warned not to interfere with the work and responsibilities of teachers.
The warning was issued by the Chairman of the Provincial Education Board, Tony Tsora.
Mr. Tsora said the roles and responsibilities of teachers are separate from that of the boards of governors and boards of managements.
He said this misunderstanding and usurping of powers by some school authorities has often resulted in schools not operating and performing the way they should.
The chairman has called for a more united approach to the running of their respective schools for the betterment of the children and Bougainville as a whole.
Mr. Tsora said he is planning to conduct more awareness workshops on the role and responsibilities of teachers, boards of governors and managements.
He further said that school boards come directly under the Provincial Education Board.
0080716FARMERS VISIT COCOA PROJECT SITE
By Tom Kathoa
Some would-be cocoa farmers from the Hagogohe Constituency today went on a fact-finding tour of cocoa farm in the Suir Constituency area.
The ten farmers lead by their constituency member, Robert Hamal Sawa visit the Baneo Cocoa Plantation owned by the Member for North Bougainville, Lauta Atoi.
This cocoa plantation is said to be the most successful cocoa plantation in Bougainville.
New Dawn reporter who accompanied the fact finding team, said farmers learned a lot of new information on how best to look after their cocoa plots.
They were also surprised to see budding of puncheon cocoa trees.
Member Sawa said the visit was to allow farmers to see for themselves what methods and how they must look after the cocoa farms.
He said it was also to motivate them into going into cocoa farming as a major project.
130716ARAWA TRAVELLERS IN OPENED
By Aloysius Laukai in Arawa.
With the promotion of Tourism sites around Bougainville by the National Minister for Tourism, the Lynchar Group of Companies has done it again by opening its 16 room fully air-conditioned facility at the Back of its Lynchar Supermarket.
The opening ceremony was attended last night by the local chiefs,Leaders, Businessmen alike and the friends and families of Lynchar Group of Companies.
Speakers at the Ceremony included Land owners, who wanted similar setups by Bougainvilleans to set up in Arawa.
Businessman, ISHMAEL TOROAMA whilst congratulating the owners of the Company said that his fighters fought for the people of Bougainville and would continue to support Bougainvilleans who want to venture into business on the next level.
Former UN rep in Arawa and chief PETER SIUNAI said that he was one who supported the restart of business in Arawa and is also happy to reflect on the changes that has taken place since those days.
The member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communications, JIMMY MIRINGTORO who officiated at the ceremony called on landowners to unlock land in Arawa to Bougainvillean entrepreneurs instead of outsiders who have no interest in supporting Bougainville's recovery.
Minister Miringtoro said Bougainville should be developed by Bougainvilleans and also called on the ABG to tighten the RESERVED LIST of Businesses that must be operated by Bougainvilleans.
110716 MASIU WARNS PPP
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG POLICE MINISTER and member for Konnou, WILLIE MASIU also the elder brother of the newly elected member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU has warned the Peoples Progress Party (PPP) to Make sure they support South Bougainville through their new member.
Speaking after the signing of the writs last Wednesday, MR. MASIU said that the PPP win in South Bougainville after 45 years was an achievement for the party but the people voted for TIMOTHY MASIU for quality leader and this the Party must be mindful of.
The POLICE MINISTER said that the people of South Bougainville voted for change in South Bougainville and that the PPP caucus must at all times respect the wishes of the people that voted for him.
He warned if they are not satisfied with the Party’s delivery of services the people have just eight months to make changes that can also destroy PPP’s efforts to enter into Bougainville’s territory.
Picture of Returning Officer JOHN ITANU and team making the Declaration at the Buin Counting Centre. Picture by Aloysius Laukai
040716 NEW SOUTH MEMBER
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
South Bougainville has a new member. He is Timothy Masiu a longtime broadcaster with the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea before becoming the first secretary to the Governor for East New Britain, LEO DION for 13 years and two years as the Secretary special services for the Honourable LEO DION as the Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.
MR. MASIU was declared at 4pm Bougainville Standard Time by the Returning Officer. JOHN ITANU after the 10th elimination of candidate NICK PENIAI who at the time of his elimination had scored 4705 votes.
The final battle was between two schoolmates from BUIN SECONDARY SCHOOL where the counting was held since last Friday.
The runner up JOSEPH KIM SUWAMARU who polled 6121 votes whilst MR. TIMOTHY MASIU polled 8323 votes to become the next member for South Bougainville open.
The battle was not easy but the newly elected member started well from TOROKINA and BANA votes that pushed him as the leader but at to come 3rd when counting reached the Siwai District.
However TIMOTHY MASIU never gave up and took up the lead again in Buin making him the leader again at the end of the Primary counts.
At the end of Primary count, TIMOTHY was leading with 4307 votes whilst JOSEPH SUWAMARU KIM was running second with 3645 votes.
Other candidates, NICK PENIAI was on 3293,THOMAS KOIORO 2382, PETER MANUKA 2258, BENARD KEPA 2105, ALBERT MAGOI 931,SUTCLIFFE IAMU 848, EDWARD OKUAU 492,ANDREW MIRIKI 333, LEMBIAS MAGASU 301 and PETER NERAU 293.
The newly elected member will sign a declaration accepting his election in Buin tomorrow.
Meanwhile, member elect TIMOTHY MASIU thanked the people of South Bougainville for having faith in him and voting him as their new member.
Speaking soon after his declaration, MR. MASIU vowed to work for the common good of the people of South Bougainville regardless of how they have voted in the election.
He also thanked the other eleven candidates for putting their hands and standing as candidates for this election. He said he will work with all of them in future.
The new member for South Bougainville also thanked the Election officials for a job well done despite some minor problems that they encountered during the election process.
On the law and order and security situation during the elections, MR.MASIU also congratulated the Bougainville Police Service for providing security during the polling and counting period.
He said that the credibility of an election depends on how secure the ballot boxes were during polling.
MR. MASIU said that he would open his office in Buin and will be operating from there and nowhere else.
He said that he has many plans on moving South Bougainville forward and would be requiring the support of all the people of South Bougainville to make his plans a reality.
The new member will be sworn in at the Parliament house next week.
The new member for South Bougainville contested under the Peoples Progress Party Ticket. His Party leader will meet up with him this Thursday in which a traditional ceremony will be performed by the people of South Bougainville to officially hand over the new member to the party.