Kevin Isifu

Kadovar resettlement: LOs to be identified

This was confirmed by the Minister for Inter-Governmental Relations and Member for Wewak Open, Kevin Isifu, during the launch of the Kadovar Appeal at Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, on Friday.

He said two major issues have been identified and will have to be rectified by this weekend.

The first is to identify and pay the landowners, which will cost up to K300,000.

“This is to make sure the land is being organised for the people of Kadovar to be relocated to,” Isifu stated.

Kadovar relief assistance launched

The centre for relief supplies was launched on Friday by Minister for Inter-Government Relations and Member for Wewak, Kevin Isifu, along with the director for the National Disaster Center, Martin Mose.

Isifu thanked stakeholders for making sure that the people of Kadovar are safe and that the disaster has been managed properly.

“We have now brought the necessary relief supplies to the island and have taken care of the needs of the displaced people of Kadovar Island.”

Land allocated for Kadovar islanders

Minister Isifu, along with a government delegation, were in Wewak yesterday to visit the islanders on Ruprup Island as well as meet with landowners on the mainland to secure a resettlement site.

The Government delegation consisted of the East Sepik Governor, Allan Bird, Defense Minister, Solan Mirism and Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke.

Minister Isifu says a 30 hectare piece of land has been identified for purchase at Dandan along the Turubu east coast area, East Sepik.

Electoral Boundaries Commission to be resurrected

Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, said financial impediment has resulted in the closure of the commission for about a year or two.

Minister Isifu said financial constraint is the main concern that the Government will be looking into to resurrect the very important body within the Electoral Commission.

He said one of the main challenges as well was the location of the electorates.  

“Many electorates have raised the concern but because of funding constraints, work has been put on hold.”

Wewak petition set for trial

The petition was filed by former MP, Jim Simatab, challenging Kevin Isifu’s election as Wewak open MP.

Simatab is alleging instances of bribery against Isifu in the petition.

The matter went before Justice Collin Makail today where it was fix for five days trial commencing January 15, 2018.

The trial will be held at the Wewak National Court. A judge will be allocated to preside over the trial soon.

Partnership puts focus on local priorities

The Partnership Arrangement for Improved Decentralisation and Service Delivery was recently signed at Parliament House by Kevin Isifu, Minister for Inter-Government Relations; Richard Maru, Minister for National Planning and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis.

The Partnership will support Papua New Guinea’s priority of improving service delivery, economic opportunities and community development by empowering provinces and districts.