Appeal for payments
FORMER provincial executive council and assembly members of the Jiwaka government are appealing to relevant authorities’ to rectify the delays in payment of their salaries and allowances. They appealed to the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, Inter-government Relations, Finance and Treasury, and the Fraud Squad and Ombudsman Commission, to instruct the provincial government to pay dues immediately. Those affected are Peter Hai and Koip Wamil (local level government presidents of South Waghi and Anglimp).

Dedication service for staff
ALL public servants in the country have been asked to organise themselves in their respective provinces to mark the national public service dedication service on Friday. Personnel Management Department Acting Secretary Taies Sansan said a circular had been sent out to all provincial administrators and heads of provincial state agencies to take heed of the date and observe accordingly.

Verbal abuse rising
A businessman from Gulf has expressed concern on the use of foul language in Kerema. Alex Hearo said the use of words in Tok Pisin which referred the female private part was unbecoming. “There is no longer respect for females,” he said.

Fees set for verbal abuse
Senior police officer Jacob Ivaroa has supported a call by locals from Gulf to address the concern on the use of foul language in the province. He said in one village, Miaru, chiefs had introduced a penalty of K500 and one pig for the use of such words.