281114 MOMIS VISITS IORO
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS was officially welcomed to the IORO Constituency by the people of IORO, BOLAVE and the EIVO TORAU.
This is President's first visit to the constituency to visit his people there.
The President went to officiate at the Opening of several projects in the IORO area including the Brick making project, a Piggery Project and the opening of a Swing bridge.
Thwe ABG President passed through PANGUNA and stopped at the village of the late President Kabui AND met the niece of the late President and family members before officiating at the IORO Ceremony.
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261114BOUGAINVILLE PUBLIC SERVICES SELECTION PROCESS BEGINS
EDITED BY JENNIFER NKUI
As Chairman of the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee President Chief Dr. John Momis announced in a statement that the process for selecting the top level management for the ABG had commenced after advertising closed just over two weeks ago.
The president said he is delighted to say that as a result of extensive advertising, ABG has received a large number of applications, over 160, from a wide range of candidates for the positions of Chief Secretary, 13 departmental heads and the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner with most positions having over 10 applicants.
He added that the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee has approved a process that will see the shortlisted candidates for Chief Secretary interviewed by an independent panel of three people who will make their recommendations to the Committee.
Preliminary interviews are taking place, referee checks will be made and the Committee is planning to make an appointment before Christmas.
Chief Momis said the selection process is rigorous as there will be no outside interference in the process.
Dr. Momis is hoping and praying that the people selected for these positions are filled with the spirit of service to the people of Bougainville because they have to work together to change the culture of the Public Service and they need to earn the support of the people and change Bougainville to its former position of being the best performing and premier government in Papua New Guinea.
Once the Chief Secretary is appointed, the Senior Appointments Committee will meet in January and February next year to make the remaining appointments of departmental heads and since this is a realistic timetable, given the number of applicants, the background checks have to be made in the next five weeks.
The Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee is made up of President Momis, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Andrew Miriki, Bishop Tim Arthur representing the churches, Hona Hollan appointed by the Bougainville Women’s Federation and appointed by the PNG Law Society Hubert Kikira.
Under Bougainville law the Committee will receive a report from the independent panel ranking the applicants so the Committee may then decide to reinterview the candidates then it selects the preferred candidate.
The position of Bougainville Electoral Commissioner will also be filled before Christmas because the Bougainville Constitution says that for constitutional offices the National Government must appoint two members to the Committee and the additional members are the Secretary of the Department of Personnel Management John Kali and the PNG Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen.
The president is looking forward to having these appointments made quickly and transparently saying it is vital that the Administration gets down to work under the new Public Service structure and new leadership.
He said our government has a very full programme of infrastructure, economic development and social projects that need to be implemented down at the districts because we have wasted too much time in the past and the Public Service must now be responsive to the direction of Cabinet and the House.
261114BRAUN COMMENDS LERA
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The member for Taonita-Tinputz David Braun has commended the regional member Joe Lera for delivering services to the people in the villages.
Speaking at the opening of the new road at Teanana village in Suir on Sunday, member Braun stressed that at last the people of Bougainville are enjoying the services being provided by one regional member out of all the other regional members.
He then pointed out that without a vision, we will be roaming around like wild goose, but having a leader with a vision, the people will enjoy prosperity.
He then thanked the regional member’s officers for making the member’s dreams become a reality for the people to enjoy saying Mr. Lera has a heart for the people and therefore wants the life of the people to be changed.
Mr. Braun went on further to say that for the first time, the people of Bougainville are starting to enjoy life because we are seeing the light and it is just the beginning as more is to come.
He then stressed to the people that they must not cry for change when they themselves are not making an attempt to change things saying physical change has occurred in Suir and it is time the people of Suir be changed in the spirit as well.
271114SERVICE COMES TO TEANANA
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The people of Teanana in Suir now have access to a good road service after 35 years thanks to the Regional member Joe Lera.
The development of the road as explained by the regional member’s officer James Hasung was identified by the people themselves during the bottom up approach political forum.
Mr. Hasung who represented the member’s office at the opening of the new road on Sunday stressed that the living standards of the people at times is compromised as a result of bad or evil leadership.
He stated that because Mr. Lera has a vision to develop the people and build a nation he has reconciled himself with the people through his attitude and through his work.
He added that when a member does not work, it means that he or she does not have a vision.
Mr. Hasung then thanked Ramazon Dalmain for the quality work they did saying with such a miserable amount of money that the regional member has given them, it should not have resulted in such a quality work, but he is amazed to see the effort put in by Ramazon Damain.
A total of K299, 000 was released as funding from the regional members office for the road for the people of Teanana in the Suir area.
271114UNDP REPORT CALLS FOR PRUDENT MANAGEMNET OF EXTRACTIVE WEALTH
EDITED BY JENNIFER NKUI
A new report by the United Nations Development Programme has revealed that wealth from extractive industries has the potential to more significantly boost the wellbeing of Papua New Guinea’s citizens, yet the country’s development can be undermined if resources are not used in economically, socially and environmentally sustainable ways.
The report pointed out that almost 40 per cent of the country’s population continue to live on less than one dollar per day with inequalities on the rise, despite strong economic growth as a result of extractive industries such as oil, gas and mining.
The new National Human Development Report From Wealth to Wellbeing: Translating Resource Revenue into Sustainable Human Development launched today in Port Moresby by the Minister for Planning, Charles Abel and UNDP Resident Representative, Roy Trivedy, provides a fresh perspective on extractive industries brings in global experience and proposes ways to translate economic gains into practical sustainable outcomes.
Extractive activities in Papua New Guinea have grown exponentially over the last decades and lie at the heart of country’s high economic rates and forecasts show that in 2015 new projects will bring up to 20 per cent GDP growth to national economy.
The report states also that this is a critical time for Papua New Guinea to capitalize on these revenue flows to translate extractive wealth into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes for Papua New Guineans in all provinces of the country.
The Report also finds that Papua New Guinea has accumulated some experience in managing natural resources, introducing number of relevant and novel policies. However, there is still substantial progress to be made towards building strong institutional base for resource management, including development of clear strategy and scaling up the results nation-wide.
According to Roy Trivedy, this National Human Development Report seeks to focus on key choices and decisions that leaders need to make in the short and medium term to ensure that human development outcomes are maximized.
He said all Papua New Guineans, its leaders from the public and private sector as much as ‘ordinary citizens’, need to assume greater responsibilities to make the wealth of the country work more effectively by ensuring that revenues from resource extraction are used wisely to improve the quality of lives of all Papua New Guinea citizens now and for the future.
He then noted that the Report draws on the past experience of extractive industry operations in Papua New Guinea, and presents prospects for improved resource management in the future.
The reports key policies are focused on Good Governance and Accountability, People-Centred Exploration and Extraction, Prudent Revenue Collection and Management and Investment in Human, Physical, Financial and Social Capital.
271114FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE TO CELEBRATE FIRST ANNIVERSARY
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The family support centre in Buka, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville will be having its first anniversary celebrations tomorrow.
The Family Support Centre was established mainly to look after, support and give advice to victims and survivors of family and sexual violence in Bougainville.
According to Sr. Essa Barnabas, the centre was built under sponsorship from the UN Women and UNICEF.
She revealed in an interview today that the centre started operations last year and tomorrow would mark its one year of operations.
The Family Support Centre’s first anniversary celebrations will be held at the Buka General Hospital premises and speeches to celebrate the day will be made by representatives of the centre’s networking partners.
271114BOUGAINVILLE CELEBRATES WHITE RIBBON DAY
BY JENNIFER NKUI
Women in Bougainville came together today to commemorate ‘White Ribbon Day’ and also to make their stance against ‘Violence against Women and Girls’.
The day’s programme started this morning at around 8:30am with a white ribbon breakfast at the Kuri Village Resort in Buka Town and a march from the resort through the streets of Buka Town to the Bel Isi Park where the official programme to commemorate the day was held.
The march against violence against women was led by the three women members of the ABG House of Representatives, the ABG health minister Rose Pihei, member representing the women of North Bougainville Elizabeth Burain and member representing the women of Central Bougainville Joan Jerome.
Present also for the day’s celebrations were Emily, Charley and Jeffery from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hona Holan from the Bougainville Women’s Federation, Agnes Titus form UN Women, 22 male inmates from Bekut Correctional Institute, Bougainville Police Service personnel’s, staff from the law and justice sector and the general public.
As the first speaker of the day, Agnes Titus explained that the gathering together of both men and women today is purposely to act and campaign against the big common issue of violence against women and children.
After recalling all the Bougainville women who have died as a result of violence, Mrs. Titus stressed that violence against girls and women is common in the region because women are not being respected by their male counterparts.
She added that currently in Bougainville, we have only three women members in the ABG House of Representatives but as women, we want more women in parliament because with more women in parliament, they can be able to look more at issues affecting women and also make laws to protect women as there is injustice going on everywhere.
When concluding her speech, Mrs. Titus stressed that Bougainville men should come forward and wear the white ribbon and make their commitment to be advocates against ‘Violence against Women and Girls’ in Bougainville.