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Pangu Pati makes history by electing first-ever woman National President


Well-known former radio and tourism personality Erigere Singin has made history by being elected as the first-ever woman National President of the ruling Pangu Pati at its 26th National Convention in Port Moresby today.

Prime Minister and Pangu leader, Hon. James Marape, announced the election of Singin and other party executives after the convention.

PM Marape also announced the election of Louisah Hosea as Female Vice-President, Sama Auro as Male Vice-President, and Joe Tep as Church Representative.

Singin, from Boana in Morobe, replaces Patrick Pundao.

PM Marape thanked Pundao for his service to Pangu over the last seven years

“One of the key outcomes of today was the historical election of Ms Erigere Singin as our National President of Pangu Pati,” PM Marape said.

“It is my distinguished pleasure to make this official announcement to the country.

“It is a historical milestone for Pangu Pati.

“In 1977, the first lady into Parliament was Pangu’s Mrs Nahau Rooney, and Pangu is breaking the frontier barrier again.

“It is not only men who can do the job, women can also do the job.”

Singin thanked PM Marape and said what happened today was a breakthrough for women in the country.

“What happened today was very historic,” she said.

“There’s a huge paradigm shift here, from having men around the party, to giving some responsibility to women.

“It is important that both men and women leaders work together to carry this party through, this country through, to stand together.

“I am very happy to be given this responsibility to work with the people of Papua New Guinea.”

Pangu General-Secretary Morris Tovebae said Pangu was shining a light for the rest of the country to see.

“Congratulations to the first female National President of Pangu Pati,” he said.

“This is history in the making and we are showing the nation that Pangu is an inclusive party.

“This is what we want to tell the Nation: Pangu Pati is not a male-dominated political party, we are very inclusive and gender-conscious.”

Tovebae also welcomed Louisah Hosea as Female Vice-President, Sama Auro as Male Vice-President, and Joe Tep as Church Representative.

 

PM MARAPE URGES CITIZENS TO ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS, FORGIVE EACH OTHER FOR WRONGDOINGS

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has urged Papua New Guineans to ask God for forgiveness of their wrongdoings, as well as forgive each other for wrongdoings committed against each other.

This is his main Message to the Nation as it celebrates National Repentance Day on Thursday, August 26th, 2021.

PM Marape says if everyone seeks repentance from God for mistakes as well as forgive each other, Papua New Guinea will be a far better country.

“If we respect the rule of law, as Christians should in our country, the savings can be passed on to better health care, better education for our people and many more,” he said.

“We’re spending more money on maintaining law-and-order, which can be addressed if people respond to the rule of law – as Christians should.

“Let’s take National Repentance Day as a day to reflect on goodwill and respect to our country, our God and our fellow citizens in the country.”

The Prime Minister will not be able to attend the main National Repentance Day celebrations in Lae, however, has asked Public Service Minister Hon. Joe Sungi to attend on his behalf.

“We firstly ask God for forgiveness of our wrongdoings, and secondly ask ourselves to forgive each for the wrongdoings we’ve committed in our country,” PM Marape said.

“This is a National Day on which the nation comes to a standstill and asks for forgiveness from God, and at the same time, repent and forgive each another.

“National Repentance Day is very important for our country in as far as national and personal morality is concerned.

“While I may not be physically present in Lae, my thoughts and focus as Prime Minister of the country, are on the day’s events.

“I’d like to rally the conscience of our country to the importance of the date, on which we all come together, to seek forgiveness and repentance.

“This is a day which is sanctioned by the Government and is part of the calendar of annual national events.

“The occasion cannot be downplayed as just another date on which we rest.

“It must be a day on which the nation comes together in repentance and acknowledges God and to put God first in all we do because PNG is a Christian country.

PM Marape announced that to further entrench PNG’s identity as a Christian Nation, a K5 million National Unity Pillar would be built along Waigani Drive, looking straight ahead to Parliament.

“A huge National Unity Pillar will be constructed there under a Christian banner of ‘One People, One Nation, One Country’,” he said.

“That will be a site of national significance.

“The National Government has already approved that site, where the Council of Churches and the Body of Christ, will take carriage of the project.

“A 200-metre tall National Unity Pillar will be built as an iconic symbol that embodies the many tribes of our Christian nation.

“Without Christianity, our nation will not be correctly anchored.”

 

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA HON. JAMES MARAPE MP ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER & REPENTANCE, 26 AUGUST 2021

My dear People of Papua New Guinea.

I greet you all today in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom, we have received from God our Almighty Father, the great gift of Forgiveness and the wonderful promise of Salvation.

Today is a special day of much significance. It is a day marked to allow us to disconnect from our busy lives and return our attention to the Source, our God, the Giver and Keeper of our lives.

On a spiritual level, the National Day of Prayer & Repentance has as much importance as our Independence Anniversary because it is meant to connect us back to our Creator.

We are a Christian nation, in faith and now almost by virtue of the Constitution that governs our most basic rights and principles. Even though our daily practice of Christianity varies from person to person, we hold strongly onto the fundamental belief that every single one of us come from God, the One Great Source.

We also know, according to that same belief, when we are not right with Him. This is when our own relationship with each other has gone wrong. Our relationship with each other is a reflection of our relationship with our Creator.

Great and successful human societies all over the world are built on a platform of unity and harmony; born out of tolerance, respect and a strong sense of care for each other’s rights.

For Papua New Guinea, one of our greatest challenges has been our need to stay united because we are so diverse. We have struggled to tolerate each other because of our ethnic and cultural differences; we have forgotten to respect each other’s rights and needs. We have become too tribalistic, too parochial, too regionalistic, and maybe even too capitalistic in certain quarters. We continue to experience the lack of unity which manifests itself in so many ways through social disorder and the struggles we continue to face today.

It is for these times that occasions such as these are created. The National Day of Prayer & Repentance is given to return our attention to our Creator in much the same way as an empty battery shell reconnects to power source. It is an opportunity to put our lives right with God; to ask Him for forgiveness and seek His guidance; to recharge our spiritual batteries, so we can get our everyday lives in order, including our relationship with each other as countrymen and women.

At the heart of our human existence is the longing to have a loving trusting relationship with our Creator. And at the heart of our existence as Papua New Guineans is also the longing to have a loving and trusting relationship with each other. We get the first one right and the second naturally falls into place.

The rejuvenation of our nation depends so much on how spiritually aware each of us is. The need for better relationships with each other; for unity, tolerance and respect - these continue to remain among our biggest challenges.

But having said this, I must also acknowledge the momentous advances we have made since the introduction of Christianity to our shores. Early missionaries from the London Missionary Society, Seventh Day Adventist church, the Lutheran and Catholic churches, have profoundly impacted development and partnered with colonial administrations to take our country into the era of Westernisation. Many of them have laid down their lives so that The Gospel could spread.

Today colonists have gone. World conflicts have come and gone (and may come again). Governments have changed many times. Our people continue to rise and fall with changing times. But one thing has always remained constant. That thing has become the Great Tie that has bound us together – this young nation of so many different cultures and ethnicities. CHRISTIANITY.

Amidst all our social differences, against the fast pace of industrialisation and globalisation, the UNITY Christianity has given to Papua New Guinea, the role it has played in our nation’s development, and the gift of Faith it has armed us with as human beings, remain as some of our greatest national treasures to date.

We will soon commemorate this gift of Christianity so we can look upon it and be reminded of how blessed we are as a People and a Nation.

Cabinet has already given the clearance for the construction of National Unity Park in Port Moresby, upon which will be built the National Unity Pillar.

This monument will rise to some 200 metres into the sky, will cost no less than K5 million, and will be unveiled in 2025 in time for the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. It will have a perpetual-burning flame at its apex, and will stand directly within the vantage point of the National Parliament House - directly across from it to signify the link between God and country.

It is our aim to make the National Unity Park iconic, where large gatherings of people assemble, where tourists visit, where the world can associate us to our history entwined with God and His Gospel.

When PNG celebrates its 50th anniversary of political independence, we will also recognise the great contribution of Christianity and its amazing gift of Unity in the unveiling of the National Unity Pillar.

Now that we are acknowledging the added role and value of Christianity – this Great Faith of ours – in nation-building, we must continue to push that narrative. That narrative is that in our diversity, Christianity has become our unity; in our differences, Christ’s Love is the Tie that has bound us and continues to bind us together as One.

It is timely that I also announce this here. The report by the PNG Constitutional Law Reform Commission has been submitted to me only a couple of weeks ago. The Commission was tasked to travel throughout the country and consult Papua New Guineans on the idea to have our Constitution ‘declare PNG as a Christian country’. The report says there is OVERWHELMING support for this to happen.

Papua New Guineans want nothing more than to see our Constitution make this declaration because it is true that we all recognise the value Christianity has brought to our lives both individually and as a nation. Work will soon go into including this important message in our Constitution.

I wish you all a day of reflection and rest as you take the time to ponder on how far we have come as individuals and together as a nation, as we continue to charter our course into the future.

May God bless you all.

 

Prime Minister Marape launches the Managalas Forest Carbon Pilot Project

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape officially launched the Forest Carbon Pilot Project today at the Afore District Sub-Station, Oro Province.

This new project is unlike the Carbon Trading Program where countries are given credits for just conserving their Rainforest. The Managalas Forest Carbon Pilot Project is a sustainable intergrated land development project where the actual rainforest is conserved and the grass plains are reforested with cash crops like coffee, coconut and even timber.

Prime Minister Marape Marape commended the Governor for Oro, the Hon. Gary Juffa for his leadership in this area and urged the people of Afore to work with him on the project.

To help start off the project, the Prime Minister committed K5 million to the project.

"This is to ensure what we are talking about becomes a reality. We do not want to come and just talk about it. We want the project to really happen," Prime Minister Marape said.

The Prime Minister told the people that the benefits for this project may take time to manifest but it will benefit their children and their children's children over the many years to come.

He urged them to use the opportunity to go into agricultural SMEs and the government will give price support so that they sell their produce at a good K6 per kilogram for coffee and K3.00 per kilogram for cocoa.

The Prime Minister also said the government will set up buying hubs in the district so that the people do not have to travel all the way to Popondetta to sell their produce.

"This will not be the only developments taking place. We will also bring in schools. I am going to give K1 million to provincial government for the only High School in Afore," he said.

"We will also give K500,000 to be distributed equally to schools in the Afore Local Level Government.

"We will also fix and upgrade the road. I will be giving K5 million to Governor Juffa to continue with the road upgrade already happening from Oro Bay."

Prime Minister Marape said when the conservation project becomes a reality, your schools, hospitals and roads must become better. Conservation has money in it and it will come in a holistic way.

According to a report in the Vivid Economy in 2020, nature based solutions such as these not only conserve biodiversity and strengthen community resilience, it also has the potential to generate USD 800 billion in annual revenues by 2050.