Peter O’Neill

​Political heavyweights will be in Popondetta today

The country is into the second week of the National Election campaign period.  

O’Neill is the parliamentary leader for the ruling People’s National Congress Party, while Polye heads the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party.

Both parties are going into the election with over 90 endorsed candidates, with the aim to form the next government in July.  

PNC has 93 candidates while THE party has 90 candidates contesting for the 111 seats in Parliament.

Ijivitari MP David Arore said the prime minister will open the Popondetta Hospital theatre ward today.

O’Neill boasts about building many roads

“In 2012, when we took office only 23 per cent of all our roads (national highways) in the country were said to be in a good condition; today, I can tell you that over 50 per cent of roads in the country are classified as in good condition,” O’Neill said during the launching of PNC campaign for the election today in Port Moresby.   

“We (PNC led government) have rebuilt over 3,000km of roads throughout the country, but we have further 10, 000km we have to attend to, these are key major roads linking all our towns, cities and districts.”

PNC will continue to grow economy: O’Neill

Prime Minister and PNC parliamentarian leader, Peter O’Neill made this statement when launching his party’s election campaign in Port Moresby today.

PNC have endorsed 93 candidates to run for the 111 seats in the National Parliament, over 60 of them are current Members of Parliament.    

O’Neill said all countries in the world borrow money to support their economy, and PNG is likewise.  

 “We are borrowing money to build infrastructures that will grow the economy of the country.

O’Neill calls on PNGSDP Chairman to resign

O’Neill urged the chairman of PNGSDP to respect rules of the program that prevent active politicians holding a position on the board.

PM O’Neill said in addition to the breach of PNGSDP rules, the known mismanagement of SDP funds, with millions of US dollars missing, there is no other choice for the Chairman, but to resign.

“SDP funds belong to the children, women and men of Western Province, not the Chairman,” the Prime Minister said.

“SDP money is being used to fund Mekere’s mates, who are paid millions of dollars in commissions and consultancy fees.

Let the people decide: PM O’Neill

Those were the remarks from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when delivering his party policies at the National Research Institute today in Port Moresby.

O’Neill’s party, People’s National Congress (PNC) is the leading coalition partner in the Government.

O’Neill said every PNC candidate contesting in the elections will not force people to vote for them rather let the people make decisions on their own.

“We have delivered to the people and let them make decision as to whether they will mandate us again or not.

High hopes for PNG-Townsville relationship

PM O’Neill was in high spirits as he led the PNG delegation on the first ever direct flight from Port Moresby to Townsville, Australia, via Air Niugini, on Friday.

Air Niugini made its inaugural flight direct from Port Moresby into Townsville, and this direct service will provide the opportunity for convenient travel among business and educational opportunities, says the Prime Minister.

“About two years ago I visited Townsville, I made that commitment to try and encourage Air Niugini to fly here,” said the PM.

Somare’s wisdom and knowledge to be missed

Prime Minister O’Neill said this when acknowledging Sir Michael’s final speech in Parliament today.

O’Neill said Parliament will be a different place when it convenes after the National Elections.

He said today’s sitting marked a milestone for the country and Sir Michael as the curtain came down on his illustrious political career.

“Honorable Members, I thank the Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, for his contribution to Papua New Guinea, to the National Parliament, and for guiding us to Independence.

Lady Veronica acknowledged

O’Neill also recognised their children and family and their contributions to the country.

Lade Veronica was present today in Parliament chambers during Sir Michaels farewell parliamentary session.

“Mr Speaker, it remains for me to pay special tribute to the Grand Chief’s family, who have been his rock over such a long period in public life.

“I know the House, and the Nation, will join with me in expressing our gratitude and best wishes to Lady Veronica,” said O’Neill.

Government is maintaining its debt level: PM

He says there is no need for panic.

O'Neill made this assurance when responding to Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil on the recent loan the government obtained from the Asian Development Bank.

Basil questioned the Prime Minister and needed clarification on the K80 million obtained to carry out road projects in Ialibu-Pangia in Southern Highlands Province, and the recent K222m for water supply in rural areas across the country.

Heads of churches to meet over HIV/AIDS

A media briefing was held this morning to brief media on the agenda, key speakers and officiators of the summit for the next two days.

His Eminence, Sir John Cardinal Ribat during the meet this morning said that the summit will be opened tomorrow by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

“The summit will unite the heads of churches throughout Papua New Guinea and will discuss sensitive issues relating to HIV and AIDS such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), stigma and discrimination, human rights, access to service in issues affecting the key population’s in the country.