‘Not much’ data in archives
PNG Civil and Identity Registry says it is a pity that National Archives do not have much data in their archival system from the pre-independence era. PNGCIR Archives’ team leader Nicky Galangi said they had existing files kept safely from as far as 1890 to date in their archival registry on births, marriages, divorces, adoptions and deaths. “The office had been safely keeping this records for more than 100 years now,” he said. “These is old information which you may not find in our National Archives, but we do have them here.”

Subsidy for students
Mendi-Munihu district development authority (DDA) has subsidised K2 million for tertiary students from the district and will continue to do so, says MP and Works Minister Michael Nali. He said his priority is the students’ education and would make sure their fees were subsidised as many of them came from poor background.

Helping locals register
A former councillor has assisted more than 1000 people in Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Chimbu to get their National Identification (NID). Kyaka Minyako said: “I assisted them and in the witness section on the form, I put my signature.” Minyako was a councilor of Keluap One ward from 1997 to 2002 and then local level government president from 2002-2007. He is currently president of Former Councillor’s Association of Mul-Baiyer. Minyako said people must use the NID card to vote in the coming LLG election.

Electricity supply ‘vital’
ELECTRICITY supply to rural districts is important to keep them alive and active, a district chief executive officer in Eastern Highlands says. Okapa district development authority CEO James Sipa said this recently while presenting K100,000 to PNG Power Ltd Goroka branch.