Job Pomat

PM seat vacant

O’Neill addressed the House this morning, saying he had handed in his resignation to the Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae at 9:45am.

The Speaker of Parliament, Job Pomat, confirmed this with a letter in his hand, from the office of the Governor General.

“I have a letter from the Governor General acknowledging receipt of the Prime Minister’s resignation. The Prime Minister’s seat is now vacant.”

The office of the Governor General also confirmed that they did receive O’Neill’s letter of resignation, and have in writing to the Speaker, acknowledged it.

K10-K15m to repair parliament: Speaker

Speaker of the House Job Pomat told media that assessments are currently underway.

After observing for a week the activities that unfolded following the rampage at the parliament house, Parliament Speaker Pomat spoke for the first time regarding the incident.

He opened up the conversation in Tok Pisin, saying part of the cost could include that of the damages done to private property, like cars that belonged to parliament employees.

Politics and business must work together: Speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Job Pomat, said this when opening the Inaugural Speaker’s Investment Summit today in Port Moresby.

The event was held in the Parliament hallway.

Following the 2017 Members Induction Program a year ago, MPs expressed interest to continue to engage with the business community, and the Summit is a result of that.

He said the summit brings to them the opportunity to engage with the business community and development partners.

Speaker clarifies Kramer’s referral

He made the statement after the Opposition boycotted Friday’s session following the Madang MP’s referral to the Committee of Privileges.

It all started when Madang MP Bryan Kramer posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, musing: ‘Did dumb just get dumber?’

Suspended Parlt clerk reinstated

Speaker of the National Parliament, Job Pomat, officially welcomed Konivoro today.

Konivoro was suspended by NEC on the 14 of August 2014 and referred to the Chief Justice to appoint Rights Tribunal.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia appointed the Tribunal consisting of three judges in Derek Hartshorn, Sir Kina Bona and late Justice Martin Ipang.

The tribunal found the Clerk guilty on 3 counts of misbehaviour and recommended to NEC to remove him as a Constitutional Office Holder.

Manus MPs support fisheries hub idea

Speaker and Manus Open MP, Job Pomat, along with Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin, threw their support behind the announcement made by National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, who visited the Province last weekend.

Maru was accompanied by a high level delegation which included the European Union Ambassador to PNG, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

Pomat said if the Solomon Islands had a cannery on a remote island far from the capital Honiara, why not Manus.

Parliament totems to be reinstated

Speaker of the National Parliament, Job Pomat has announced that his office is working with the National Musuem to have the artifacts back on display in Parliament.

The totems and artifacts were removed between November and December 2013 by the former Speaker Theo Zurenouc, a move that divided the nation in terms of people’s opinion.

It was challenged at the national court by Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, and the court ruled for them to be re-instated within six months.

However, this was further appealed at the Supreme Court.

All previous COIs will be tabled: Speaker

He said COIs have been collecting dust without implementing the recommendations; which is a waste of time and money.

Pomat was responding to questions by TVWan News on COIs, which was brought up by Madang Governor Peter Yama during the last parliament session.

Yama asked the question after the issue of COI into the controversial Manumanu land deal resurfaced in Parliament.

Pomat reiterated that all the previous COIs will be tabled as they are public information.

Petition challenging Pomat’s win dismissed

Pomat made these comments on Wednesday after the election petition that was filed against him by Wep Kanawi was withdrawn in the Court of Disputed Returns.

He filed the petition based on the grounds of errors and omissions made during the counting period by the Electoral Commission.

The matter went to court on Wednesday for pre-trial conference, to check compliance to directions that were issued on September 20.

However lawyer for the petitioner, Kanawi, asked the court to withdraw the proceeding.

VIDEO: Speaker accused of being biased

The speaker was criticized in a point of order from Madang MP Bryan Kramer and East Sepik Governor Allan Bird. 

 

Freddy Mou with more