The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013
By TERRY DAVID
ENGA Governor Peter Ipatas has paid his province’s third and fourth quarter airfare subsidies of K100,000 to Air Niugini.
“This is not the first time I have been paying subsidies on airfares for my people as one of my obligation to deliver service to my province,” Ipatas said during the cheque presentation to the airline’s general manager commercial Dominic Kaumu last Thursday.
“I thank Air Niugini for providing airline services to Wapenamanda over the years. We value services provided and we stand ready to work in collaboration. My government’s services have been consistent in areas such as education, sports and infrastructure. Likewise, subsidy has been ongoing therefore we want to maintain consistency in services delivery.
“I call on the people of Enga to appreciate these services and take ownership and not to disrupt Air Niugini flights or involve in activities that would hinder services.”
Ipatas thanked Kaumu for the opening of Air Niugini’s sales office in Wabag.
Kaumu thanked Ipatas governor and said the airline would work with the provincial government to deliver air services to the Enga people.
“We give special treatment since you have been kind and cooperative to us, and always find time to come and visit us at Air Niugini. We will work together to deliver services to you people,” Kaumu said.
“Governor Ipatas does not only assist with these cheques, he also helps in other areas like office operations in Wapenamanda which shows that his government has the heart for its people.”
Meanwhile, Ipatas hailed the O’Neill Government for providing “sound leadership” at a critical time in the country’s development.
“Papua New Guinea is now at the cross-roads and needs critical amendments to its Constitution. Changes need to be done for the good of our country. We must give clear time and space to the prime minister to carry out his obligation as mandated by people.”