Former WHP premier to contest GG seat

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The National- Tuesday, January 11, 2011


FORMER Wester Highlands premier and businessman Kagul Koroka, has announced his intention to contest for the Governor-General’s seat.

Koroka, 71, from Tomba, said he decided to contest the vice regal post because it was the last thing he wanted to do for his province and PNG.

“Age is catching up with me but I am still active and available for service,” he said.  

A prominent community, political and economic figure in Western Highlands, he has held 

various positions in some of the reputable organisations in the country.

Koroka was premier for Western Highlands (1984-85), Pagini Holdings Ltd chairman (1977-1994) and also held positions on the boards of PNG Habours Board, PNG Development Bank and Telikom PNG Ltd.

Some of his achievements included being awarded the Her Majesty Silver Jubilee Award (1977), Commander of the British Empire Award (1988) and the Companion of the Star of Melanesian Award.    

He said with his vast experience, he was confident he would be a good candidate. 

The governor-general’s seat was vacated by Sir Paulias Matane after the Morobe government successfully sought court order to challenge the validity of the appointment.

The official nomination for the governor-general’s post will commence today when parliament sits to effect the decision to appoint a new candidate.