Commentary By Petrus GAND
Our land has been proclaimed by the Germans and the British as an independent protectorate state of Papua and New Guinea respectively during the flag raising ceremony held at the Port Moresby colonial Administrative centre in 1884.
The Northern part of the Island of New Guinea was undoubtedly administered by a German business entity similar to STOP AND SHOP called the German New Guinea Company. The company's administration lasted a period of five years in our homeland. In fact, the company’s potential motive was to intentionally utilise our untouched, but yet fertile soil by manipulating our ancestors into producing an adequate amount of copra, cocoa, sugar and other natural commodities to meet its rapid demands. The entity’s goals and ambitions became obsolete which forced the company to hand over the administration to the German government in 1888.
Simultaneously, the British-Papua was abandoned in cruel deprivation of human rights. Women and girls were violated on a regular basis to expose or uncover the upper part of their waist while males were forbidden to enter the administrative centres unless they were granted a passage pass from a colonial authority and so forth.
PNG POLICE can now arrest Madang Governor Peter Yama and others over fraud allegations after the National Court yesterday refused his request to stay the arrest.
He and others had allegedly conspired to defraud the Manam Resettlement Authority of K6 million.
His co-accused are Joseph Bonomane, Helen Kanimba, Loimeng Bande, Paul Amera, Joseph Aka, Anton Kaming, Richard Nagos, Reisino Peni and Henry Kambuka
The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) has come down hard on fake recruits. This time, a group of 166 army recruits has been dismissed after it was discovered that they had used fake education qualifications to enlist.
Colonel Dickers Esso, the PNG Defence Force training branch chief, said the 166 were named during a parade at the Goldie River training depot in Central and immediately ordered to take their personnel belongings and go home.
“We are now left with 188 recruits who will continue their military training and will pass out by the end of this year,” he said.
Col Esso said 354 had been accepted to undergo the basic recruitment training.
Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Penn was in PNG last month to discuss with the Prime Minister and other Political leaders and Digicel's Managing Director and stakeholders on Telstra’s planned purchase of telco Digicel Pacific.
According to the Australian Financial Review, Mr Penn’s three-day visit to PNG suggested Telstra has stepped up its due diligence to potentially partner with the Australian Government to acquire Digicel and support the Government’s goal of preventing the Pacific telco from falling into Chinese hands.
BUSINESSES in Papua New Guinea will from now on work in close consultation with the National Pandemic Control Centre on specific workplace safety protocols relating to COVID-19 as the National Government continues to find the balance between observing individual rights and keeping the economy of the country afloat.
This means business houses will have to “tailor-make” their specific COVID-19 protocols and get the endorsement of the National Pandemic Control Centre to make it operational for their respective workplaces.
The Marape-Basil led PNG Government should continue worthwhile agriculture projects initiated by the previous government to reduce agricultural imports worth over K600 million, Unggai-Bena MP Benny Allen says.
“When I was the agriculture and livestock minister in the O’Neill- Abel government, we initiated the rice seed farming with the Philippines government and the agriculture innovative park with the Chinese government in 2018,” he said.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says that he is determined in consultation with Barrick for the re-opening of the Porgera mine on Thursday (Sept 16), the country's independence day.
“We are working hard to meet that deadline. At the same time, we are going to have to deliver this in partnership with Barrick,” Marape said.
“Their (Barrick’s) interest is equally important as well, but our officials are working hard to ensure that we make an announcement in the next couple of days.
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has thanked all Members of Parliament for their overwhelming support of three major bills which were passed in Parliament today.
The three bills, introduced by Minister for Finance and Rural Development Hon. Sir John Pundari, are the National Procurement (Amendment) Bill 2021; Public Finances (Management) (Amendment) Bill 2021; and District Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2021.
The National Procurement (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed 86-7; Public Finances (Management) (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed 90-3; and District Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed 87-7.
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has passed on his condolences to the family, friends, supporters and people of Middle Fly and Western Province on the passing of Middle Fly MP Hon. Roy Biyama.
Hon.Biyama, aged 54 and a member of PM Marape’s ruling Pangu Pati, passed away this morning. He has been an MP since 2002 representing Middle Fly.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, supporters and people of Middle Fly and Western Province on this sad moment of the passing of Hon. Biyama,” PM Marape said.
“They have lost a servant leader, a true man of the people, who has served them faithfully since 2002. Hon. Biyama died doing what he loved and that was serving his people.
"He first succumbed to illness after he had scorching blisters from an eight-hour walk in hot, tropical, low lands in his beloved Middle Fly area when he visited last March .
THE six per cent of their pay people have to contribute to superannuation after income tax is too high, according to the Nambawan Super Ltd.
Chief executive officer Paul Sayer said most members would be paying at least 22 per cent income tax on their employee contribution.
He said it was unfair because some members would be paying up to 42 per cent tax on their gross income before making the six per cent employee contribution.
“Note that this tax is paid before the contribution is made to super,” Sayer said.
“Furthermore, the Internal Revenue Commission has taken steps to prevent members from simply salary sacrificing before-tax income into super, despite many organisation facilitating salary sacrifice for many other costs, like education and subscriptions, and it being legal for employers to pay up to 15 per cent super for employees before tax.
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