Peter O'Neill

O’Neill condemns Sir Mekere’s statements

He said Sir Mekere’s statement was typical Opposition politics.

O’Neill dismissed the claims as being based on Sir Mekere’s imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance, the State has made around a 100 million Kina from the sale in Oil Search project.

“The State’s investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition,” he said.

Sir Mekere calls for probe into OSL shares

“We always knew that this illegal deal between the Prime Minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money,” he said.

“But we never knew it would be this bad.

“The total cost to the people of Papua New Guinea is likely to be more than K1 billion. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill must come clean on the exact costs.”

He said O’Neill must also come clean on whether the sale was caused by his Government’s inability to repay the loan.

Toropo summoned in Ialibu-Pangia petition

Justice Collin Makail issued the orders today on the request of lawyer representing petitioner in the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Liria.

The petition came for direction hearing today to assist parties prepare themselves for the actual hearing.

The main basis of the petition is the alleged illegal polling on Sunday, which breaches section 130(1)(b) of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections.

Three are three grounds of the petition; illegal practices, bribery and undue influence.

​No DSIP cut: PM

In a statement, the PM said the supplementary budget maintains focus on core service delivery.

Despite criticisms, PM O’Neill is confident with the supplementary budget, to be tabled in the upcoming session of Parliament commencing on 26th September, 2017.

“The 2017 budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation,” the Prime Minister said.

“We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.”

O’Neill calls for unity

He said with the current economic crisis the country is facing, the global economy is uncertain, with the risk of conflict and economic instability.

“Our country joins with our partners around the world to deal with the greatest challenges.

“Challenges like climate change are real, and has caused extreme weather in our country and around the Pacific.

“From devastating tropical storms to extreme drought, homes and communities have been damaged and lives have been lost.

“We must prepare for future disasters.”

PM O’Neill admits issues affecting country

Speaking at the Independence Hill to mark the country’s 42 year’s anniversary, O’Neill said our country is very unique as we have tens of thousands of years of history, different cultures but have united as one people.

“We need to focus on what we can do to play a part in our national development – both as individuals and in our communities.

“The opportunities before our country are great, but there is a lot of work ahead for each of us if we are to reach our true national potential.”

VIDEO: PM on medicine supply issue

He said the only problem is the delay is the delivery. 
The Prime Minister says issues affecting the delivery have been identified and dealt with. 

PM: PNG Games will be delivered

He said one of such is the hosting of PNG Games in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

O'Neill in a media briefing on Thursday said he will be meeting with WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel next week and set a date for the event.

He said sports is one of the top priority for the government since taking office and they will make sure to fulfill all its commitments.

"We are going to assist WNB to host the games," says O'Neill

 

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PM commits to serve people

O’Neill made these remarks during the first parliament sitting on Tuesday.

“We will execute the mandate that has been entrusted to us with diligence and compassion and will work day-and-night to deliver the infrastructure and the services that will continue to strengthen our economy and our communities.

“This is our pledge that our Government makes to our people.

“We will certainly not let you down, and we will deliver to your expectations.”

​Country’s population unknown: O’Neill

“We really do not know how many people live in our country.

“We have estimates, but these are not accurate enough,” O’Neill said in Parliament on Tuesday during the first 10th Parliament sitting.

He said the Government needs to re-establish a National Data Collection Centre so that we can plan better and we can develop policies that better reflect the population distribution in our country.

“Accurate population data is key for proper public policy planning and monitoring.