Nakikus Konga

ENB governor calls for Tokua upgrade

The Governor said the upgrade will allow the Province to have direct international flights and increase its tourism exposure.

The Governor believes the upgrade would be a significant investment and will have an immediate impact on the economy.

He stated that direct international flights would be cheaper, making it conducive for increased tourist numbers.

“I am trying and I’m appealing to the National Government to hear my cry to have the Tokua Airport to an international airport.

“Tourism is one of the best industries anywhere in the world.

ENB budget presented

Governor Nakikus Konga presented the K256 million budget to Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, yesterday in Port Moresby.

From the amount, the provincial government sum stands at K233,344,456 while the local level government’s budget stands at K22,820,800.

The ENB budget is framed against the Provincial Budget Framework Theme ‘Nurturing Sustainable Economic Growth and Development through Infrastructure and SME Development’.

Challenge over Konga’s win set for hearing

Petitioner Sir Leo Dion has filed 25 witness statements that will be relied on in the trial while the sitting MP, Konga, has 8 affidavits filed.

Sir Leo is alleging instances of errors and omission at polling against the Electoral Commission in this petition.

Two objections challenging the competency of the petition will be the first order of the day when the 14-day trial commences on April 3. The trial is scheduled to run through to April 20.

Justice Collin Makail today told counsels involved in the petition to work around the timeframe in preparation for trial.

ENB Governor to meet with Sir Julius

Discussions have been on-going between the two regarding a benefits sharing agreement on the Nautillus sea-bed mine and how best the two provinces can push for autonomy.

Speaking on the sea-bed mine, Konga said this may be the final meeting on benefit sharing between the provinces and if all goes well, both provinces are set to benefit greatly from the mine.

“Benefits from the mine rightfully belongs to the people, so it is the prerogative of both provincial governments (ENBPG and NIPG) to ensure the benefits go down to the people,” said Governor Konga.

Dion files petition against Konga

Among them was the petition filed against East New Britain Governor, Nakikus Konga, by former governor, Sir Leo Dion.

Returning Officer Joap Voivoi was summoned on the request of Dion’s lawyer to appear in court for the trial. Other electoral officers will also be summoned soon.

Dion is alleging grounds of errors and omission during counting against the Electoral Commission.

He alleges that electoral officials who conducted counting were not appointed or gazetted as returning officers and assistant returning officers.

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Konga is new ENB governor!

East New Britain Province has a new governor in Nakikus Konga.

http://www.looppng.com/elections/konga-new-enb-governor-63383

 

Maru will be declared: RO

The people of Yangoru-Saussia in East Sepik have returned Richard Maru to Parliament for his second term.

http://www.looppng.com/elections/maru-will-be-declared-ro-63382

 

Konga is new ENB governor!

Konga was declared at 9.45pm tonight.

Election manager Joap Voivoi told Loop PNG that Konga gathered 25,030 votes ahead of People’s National Congress Party candidate Leo Dion, who was not far behind with 24,642.

The People's Progress Party member was right at the heels of Dion during the counting and elimination period. He overtook the former Gazelle MP at the final leg of eliminations.

His declaration comes less than 24 hours after fellow PPP member, Emil Tammur, became Kokopo Open's new Member-elect.