Prime Ministers Media Releases

NEC endorses request from Hela Province for National Government support to restore rule of law in province

The National Executive Council has recently endorsed a request from the Hela Provincial
Government, for the assistance of the National Government to restore the rule of law in this important province that host the PNG LNG Gas Field.
Chairman of the National Executive Council, Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP said the National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the following to ensure law and order is maintained in Hela; for a Police Mobile Squad, within the existing structure of Police, to be relocated and permanently stationed in Hela Province.
“Cabinet also noted that over 500 Police positions for Hela Province have been approved and directed that the positions be advertised immediately; the recruitment and selection to take into account work experience and candidates from other parts of the country as well; Training for the Police officers to be made through the existing Police Structures; and for a Reserve Police in Hela to assist the Police.
"Cabinet has also approved for the following to be considered by the Management of the Police in the current review of their Legislations and Policies on the well-being of Police Officers' and disciplinary Issues;
(i) Extra protection of Police Officers assigned for special police operation;
(ii) Insurance cover for Police Officers in these areas;
(iii) Loss of firearms, ammunition and damage to State vehicles to be categorized as
serious offences with appropriate penalties instituted to theses offences.
"Cabinet also approved for the Attorney General and the State Solicitor to expedite the review, if already commenced, or institute the review, if not done yet, on appropriate
legislations to outlaw compensation in tribal fight areas to enable perpetrators to be held
accountable and brought to justice with their traditional land forfeited to the State as a penalty."
Prime Minister Marape said Cabinet also approved a funding of K8 million and an additional
funding of K5 million to assist build the Correctional Services facilities in Hela Province.


Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, today paid his last respects to the Member for Kerema, Late Hon. Richard Mendani, MP, in Port Moresby.

PM Marape with Deputy Speaker Hon. Koni Iguan, Opposition Leader Hon. Belden Namah, Government Ministers and other MPs paid their final respects as the casket laid-in-State in the Grand Hall of the National Parliament.

“On behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea and my family, I would like to pay our last respects to the Late Hon. Richard Mendani,” PM Marape said.

He said the Late Hon. Mendani was a serving member of Parliament, when he passed away on March 20th, 2021, after a long illness.

“He was elected into Parliament in 2012 and was very vocal about corruption in his own province of Gulf,” PM Marape said.

“Late Hon. Mendani was a young leader who had a lot of potential to contribute extensively to the development of his electorate and the country.

“His passing is a great loss to the people of Papua New Guinea.”


Prime Minister Hon James Marape MP unveiled the billboard for the Somare Peace & Unity Park in Port Moresby this morning.
It will be constructed at the vacant block of land at Independence Boulevard opposite National Parliament at Waigani in Port Moresby.
Present were Dulciana and Arthur Somare, National Capital District Governor Hon. Powes Parkop, Moresby North-East MP Hon. John Kaupa, Lands and Physical Planning Minister Hon. John Rosso, City Manager Bernard Kipit and Commissioners of the National Capital District Commission.
PM Marape thanked Governor Parkop, National Museum and Art Gallery and Lands and Physical Department for making available the land. 
The Somare Foundation has been tasked by Government to undertake this project, as well as another in Sir Michael's hometown of Wewak. 
PM Marape said the Somare Peace & Unity Park would be an institution celebrating the life of our Founding Father for generations to come.
“At the National Government level, we are all in total support of what wil be the continuity of the Somare influence in our country going forward into the future, " PM Marape said. 
"So I do acknowledge all of you who are here, and I do thank my brother and sister Arthur and Dulciana (Somare) for coming here."
PM Marape said unveiling of the Park signals a body of activities that would" ensure Somare lives on in the psyche, the mindset, our public policy space and the national character". 
"Even in his passing, he lives on going into the future," he said. 
"Somare is PNG and PNG is Somare, they are synonymous. 
"In 1968, as I was saying during his funeral programmes, he bulldozed everything in front of him in seven years. 
"His entry into Parliament was in 1968 and by 1975 we were politically independent. 
"From then in, he marched on into ensuring that our country remained united. 
"There can be no greater evidence than his passing, when the country came together in total unity. 
"Unity in our country is personified in the late Grand Chief and his influence on our country. 
"We want to construct a future in which the Father of the Nation is still speaking to the nation, even when he's rested. "
PM Marape said he envisaged a park with a library, a monument, and a place to see the history of Sir Michael and PNG. 
He said it would impact upon neighbouring Parliament and the Judiciary, businesses in Waigani and PNG, and the Executive arm of Government. 
"Though a thousand tribes we may be, we still remain united under one Flag, one Constitution, one people - the ideals that Somare stood for," PM Marape said. 
"Upon his death, it was clearly evident that the country came together in total unity."
PM Marape said the Somare Foundation started by Sir Michael would be revived,so that he, even in passing, would be a beacon for the future. 
"I look forward to associating myself with the Somare Foundation, with the NCD and City Hall, for this place," he said. 
PM Marape said apart from this park, other  monuments would be established around the country, to honor Sir Michael. 
"The entire arm of the Executive Government looks forward to ensuring that this unveiling gives rise to creation of many monuments, many institutions, especially those that rotate around the Somare Foundation, for Grand Chief to speak on to us even in his passing," he said. 
PM Marape said this included a National Unity Pillar to be mounted by the PNG Council of Churches along Waigani Drive. 
He said space would also be created for other former Prime Ministers on the other side of the Boulevard, which would become a public precinct. 
PM Marape said K3 million had been allocated by Cabinet for the Somare Foundation last year, and K2 million for Sir Michael's planned national tour, which did not eventutate due to COVID-19 and his passing.


Prime Minister Hon. James Marape MP has announced a major K100 million upgrade programme to the Hiritano Highway linking Gulf, Central and National Capital District (NCD). 
He announced this in Kerema on Monday (April 12th 2021) after launching the Ihu Special Economic Zone (ISEZ) and other projects in Kikori District.
Prime Minister Marape also announced funding of K5-million for Kerema Town roads; K100, 000 from the National Gaming Control Board to upgrade the Kerema Rugby League Oval; and another K20, 000 to support the local basketball competition.
He was accompanied by Gulf Governor Hon.Chris Haiveta and Central Governor Hon. Robert Agarobe; Goilala MP and Transport Minister Hon. William Samb; Works Minister Hon. Michael Nali; and Kikori MP and Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Hon. Soroi Eoe.
Prime Minister Marape told hundreds of people who gathered in Kerema that the Hiritano Highway was a major road that connected Gulf and Central with NCD. 
“The National Government will support many of the upcoming resource projects like Papua LNG and Pasca, and others like the Ihu Special Economic Zone in the Gulf province,” he said.
“The upgrading to the last stretch of the Hiritano Highway that links Kerema is part of a K100-million road upgrade programme funded by the World Bank and co-founded by the Government of PNG.
“We are getting the last stretch of the road linking Malalaua to Kerema, and other sections that have deteriorated in parts of Central Province, upgraded and re-constructed.”
Prime Minister Marape said it would be funded with a loan of K70-million from the World Bank that was being approved, while the National Government would chip in K30-million to have the last stretch of the road to Kerema sealed. 
“By this time next year, the contractors will be working on upgrading and reconstructing work on upgrading the last stretch of the highway that has deteriorated and not sealed into Kerema,’’ he said.
“Whilst the road upgrading to the Hiritano Highway is being worked on, the National Government is coming here today with another commitment of K5million for the Kerema Town roads.
“The Works Department has asked the Gulf Provincial Supply and Tenders board to issue the tender, and once it is approved, it will engage a contractor to work on the road to give a facelift and restore some identity and belongingness.
“I came here today to Kerema to signal to you that National Government is based in Port Moresby and we partner with your provincial governments on the ground. 
“My visits and staying with provincial governors, local members and leaders is to tell them: ‘You pick up the responsibility and create development to the needs of your province and people in the districts. Make it happen and we will come in where we can’.’’
Prime Minister Marape also appealed to the people of Kerema to go into fishing, gardening, agriculture and SME activities than wander around in Port Moresby and other places. 
“You are lucky people as some of you live along the corridors of the major Hiritano Highway linking Kerema to Malalaua, and into the vast Central Province,” he said.
“Both provinces have valuable resources like land and fisheries and marine resources.
“I appeal to you people to allow any road programmes and projects to flow through, as when there is a road, money will flow and other services will trickle down to the people.
“We appeal to you (Gulf people living in other provinces) to return home as the National Government will work and partner with your provincial government to create opportunities for you when the Hiritano Highway and Kerema Town roads are fixed.”
Prime Minister Marape spent a night in Kerema before leaving for Port Moresby on Tuesday morning (April 13th 2021).

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