News Bytes for 11th August, 2014

“NAQIA ON EBOLA” – Mickey Kavera


The National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority has clarified its stance on the Ebola outbreak in East Africa. NAQIA says they are just a part of the National Technical Committee and not responsible for monitoring the outbreak should it occur in PNG.

Ebola is a health issue and so it is the responsibility of the Department of Health. NAQIA only deals with plant and animal health. Acting Secretary for NAQIA, Joel Alu, says they will assist in monitoring the situation where necessary.



“BALIMO TOURISTS” – Jack Lapauve Jnr


Patron of the 2014 Gogodala Canoe Festival and Middle Fly MP, Roy Biyama, is concerned with the number of tourists attending the festival and visiting Western Province over the years. Mr Biyama says that past shows have attracted tourists from Europe, Japan and Australia.


However, numbers have decreased due to lack of infrastructure and essential services in the district and province. 




Students from the Laigap Porgera Electorate attending the University of Papua New Guinea got K20, 000 in tuition fee subsidies  from their local member of parliament over the weekend.


Member for Lagaip Porgera, Nickson Mangape, paid a visit to the campus and made the presentation to a room full of students. He will also assist students from PAU, Lae Unitech, UOG and Vudal. Student leaders thanked Member Mangape for the assistance and stressed the importance of investing in human resources.



“HELI LANDOWNERS” – Michelle Amba


Heli landowners of Mt Kare have come together to work with the developer, Summit Development Limited. Spokesman for Heli landowners, Andy Pape, when addressing more than 500 landowners recently, called for all parties to help deliver the project.


The landowners said the gold project is their hope for basic services. This group is calling on more awareness from state agencies like the Mineral Resources Authority, Mining department and provincial government.




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