Eastern Highlands Province

O’Neill visits Okapa

Member for Okapa, Saki Hacky Soloma, said this when welcoming O’Neill and his delegation, who are on a two-day visit through the Eastern Highlands and Madang provinces.

The same sentiments were echoed by Member for Kainantu and Minister for Mining, Johnson Ibo Tuke, speaking for the other district Members in the province.

The first stop on the trip is to officially launch the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership.

Israeli firm keen to deliver multi-million Kina project

A team from IAI was recently in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, on Tuesday 23 October to meet with officials from the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to discuss the imminent project.

The company, backed by Israel’s LR Group, was led by Chief Executive Officer Lior Crystal and a high powered team of scientists, extensionists, agronomists and an economist.

They were welcomed by CIC CEO Charles Dambui and met with the senior management team.

Atiyafa shares priorities at peace ceremony

Priorities for the next three years were also highlighted by the MP at the occasion.

The distribution of food ended the peace ceremony, which was an open invitation to all Henganofi people in the district to put their differences aside from the 2017 National Election and work together to develop the district.

A large crowd comprising representatives from all villages in Henganofui were in attendance at the event on September 19.

MP Robert Atiyafa used the gathering to apologies to his people and invite them to join hands to revive Hanganofi.

A way out…

Aserangka Village located in the vicinity of Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) research base at Aiyura has lately formed a coffee cooperative with the involvement of some youths.

The group, known as Aserangka Coffee Cooperative Society, was formed only last year and has registered with Investment Promotion Authority.

Group chairman Pastor Ben Wane said their aim is to return the youths to the coffee gardens to have a meaningful life.

“Our aim is to create opportunities for our disadvantaged youths,” he said briefly in Tok Pisin.

Land needed for Goroka court facilities

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said they have had several discussions with the provincial administration but when those discussions will materialise is unclear.

The National and District Court service facility for Eastern Highlands Province is currently compact in a small piece of land in Goroka Town.

The National Court facility was recently upgraded and opened.

The District Court facility, on the other hand, needs to be completely broken down and reconstructed.

Sir Salamao said the building is from the colonial era and is a safety hazard.

One rape case every week: EHP police

And police are now appealing to women in the province to be mindful of their timing when moving about.

Acting Superintendent David Seine says most of these rape cases were reported to have occurred between 10pm and 3am.

Committed by opportunists, the PPC extended his appeal to the public in Goroka to be mindful of their surroundings and be accompanied by males when moving about at night.

Ghastly road conditions, PMV operators lose revenue

They are calling on the provincial and National Government to address this.

PMV owner Kops, from Goroka, said the bad road condition is affecting their business and revenue generation.

Operators have to fork out more than what they used to for fuel, repair and maintenance.

Make an exception for Goroka

But an exception can be made for Goroka town. Especially when the first thing you see is clean streets…smiling people…and beautiful artefacts lining the pathways; you know you’re at home.

Goroka is the capital of Eastern Highlands Province – home to PNG’s peace-loving and easy-going group of people.

It is the first province into the Highlands region, and can be seen as the centre point for trade, attracting those from nearby coastal provinces like Madang and Morobe.

PPL reconstructs transmission tower

The transmission tower supplies power to Lae and Madang from the Ramu 1 powerhouse at Yonki.

However, it was toppled by a severe landslide in January 18, 2018, and disrupted power supply to customers in these two main regions.

This damage has also contributed to power instability in the Ramu Grid (Highlands, Lae and Madang) and it’s an urgent reconstruction project that PPL engineers are undertaking.  

The tower is located near the source of Singsing Creek, approximately two kilometres from the main Okuk Highway and impossible to access.

EHP Governor thanks APEC delegates

Numu told the delegates that his province is always ready to step in to any partnership agreement with any member economies.

He added that his administration’s main aim is to foster a five-year economic development plan focusing on three key priority areas:

  1. Agriculture;
  2. Trade and investment; and
  3. Road infrastructure

Numu further added that the road ahead in the bilateral meetings seems very promising but needs technical expertise support.