Friday, April 24, 2015

SERIOUS CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER THE OPERATION OF NATIONAL AIRPORTS CORPORATION

By Aviation Insider

The information provided herein relates to matters concerning the National Airports Corporation (NAC) of PNG, in particular its administrative, operational and financial status.

NAC is a State Aviation Enterprise established by Section 132 of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (the Act). Its primary responsibility is to own, operate and administer all 22 national airports in PNG, including Kieta in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB). The organisations source of revenue comes from funds collected mainly through 1.a component of fees collected from airline ticket sales, 2.terminal facilitation charges and 3.airport facility (concessional) leases, which sustain NAC’s operations, including the periodic maintenance of safety and security systems in all 22 national airports.

In addition to revenue generated from direct aviation activities, NAC’s major project developments are funded through tied grants from the national government or loans allocated by donor agencies and foreign governments. Pursuant to Section 335 of the Act, the Minister for Civil Aviation and Minister responsible for Treasury matters are both shareholders of NAC on behalf of the State and people of PNG.

Accordingly both Ministers may exercise all rights and powers attaching to the shares, including deliberations of matters affecting the organisation.
In recent past, the appalling status of safety and security standards at most national airports were widely reported in the print media, to have the relevant authorities look into the affairs of NAC. The latest media report on NAC was on Friday, 16th April 2015, in The National which ran a story on NAC’s financial status. This story has drawn the attention of NAC insiders, who wished to share additional information on the real status of NAC’s administrative, operational and financial status with the rest of PNG.

Matters of concern involve around the following topics:
• Appointment of Managing Director/CEO;
• Administrative Decisions & Financial Commitments;
• Facilitation of APEC Meetings;
• Executive Staff & NAC Board;

APPOINTMENT OF MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO

The current acting appointment to the position of MD/CEO of NAC is flawed in view of provisions of law contained under the Regulatory Statutory Authority (RSA) (Appointment to Certain Offices) Act 2004. In accordance with relevant sections of the RSA Act 2004, the appointment of MD/CEO of NAC should have been submitted to relevant authorities for proper screening to ascertain merit based and transparent appointment.
The acting MD/CEO was formerly a banker, having no professional experience in the technical field of civil aviation functions. His appointment by the NAC Board was not based on merit, but through whom you know, particularly by the former Board Chairman, Mr. Malcolm Lewis and his Deputy Board Chairman, Mr. Jerry Angus. This appointment was not done through a Board resolution; instead both the former Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the board took it upon themselves to impose the appointed on other Directors of the Board. Hence the appointment was flawed, while the appointee did not have technical experience to head civil aviation organization like NAC.

The Government has since introduced a new RSA Regulation 2014, Part: IV – Acting Appointments, Section: 18(1) which states clearly that “where a vacancy occurs in the office of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for any reason, pursuant to Section 193 of the Constitution and Section: 6 of the RSA (Appointment to Certain Offices) Act 2004, the Board or Commission shall, in the event of any delay in making a substantive appointment, recommend to the Minister a suitable person from within the organization who meets the prescribed minimum person qualification to act for a period not exceeding three months, subject to further review”. It is therefore evident that:

1. Contrary to RSA Regulation 2014, Section: 18(1), upon the position of MD/CEO of NAC becoming vacant with the resignation of former MD/CEO, Mr. Joseph Kintau, the appointment of current acting appointee was not recommended to the Minister for consideration, instead the Board Chairman, Mr. Mal Lewis and his Deputy Board Chairman, Mr. Jerry Angus took it upon themselves to make the appointment of Mr. Joseph Tupiri without the consent of the full NAC Board.

2. The regulation also called for a suitable person from within the organization (NAC) to act until a substantive appointment is made. However, at the time of his appointment, Mr. Joseph Tupiri was not a senior staff of the organization. He was formerly a staff of NAC but was terminated for non-performance, and later brought from outside of the organization and appointed. This is a clear breach of statutory requirements stated under the RSA Act 2004 and RSA Regulations 2014;

3. It should also be noted that the RSA Act 2004 and RSA Regulation 2014, called for a suitable person with relevant experience to be appointed. However the Board Chairman and his Deputy saw fit to appoint a “bank teller” to head the NAC which is a technical organization. This is a clear abuse of powers vested on the Board Chairman and his Deputy, by appointing an unsuitable person for the position;

4. The RSA Act 2004 and RSA Regulation 2014, Section: 18(1) states that an acting appointee shall act on the position for a period not exceeding three months, subject to a review. Mr. Tupiri’s appointment on the position as acting MD/CEO of NAC has exceeded well beyond the three month period, thus a further breach of the RSA Act and Regulations; and

5. That, Mr. Joseph Tupiri was formerly a NAC staff, who was terminated by the former MD/CEO Mr. Joseph Kintau, for non-performance and insubordination against management. It is imminent that the NAC Board did not properly process Mr. Tupiri’s appointment through the established processes and in accordance with the RSA Act 2014. If these statutory requirements were observed, his lack of aviation experience and past track with NAC would have disqualified him from being appointed. The NAC Board, especially the Chairman and his Deputy at that time are at fault.

Furthermore, the industry operators and public are informed that Section: 50 of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 require a CEO of an aviation service provider to undergo a Fit and Proper Persons (FPP) test by the regulator (CASA-PNG), to assess his qualifications and knowledge of aviation safety and security requirements. However, since Mr. Tupiri’s appointment, he has not made himself available for FPP interviews and seems to avoid the regulator, which is a serious breach of Civil Aviation Act 2000.

ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS & FINANCIAL COMMITTMENTS


Given the manner and circumstances surrounding Mr. Joseph Tupiri’s appointment and its non-gazettal, it is prima facie that he does not have the mandate and authority to make major administrative decisions or financial commitments on behalf of NAC or the Government. As such, any major administrative decision or financial transaction made by Mr. Joseph Tupiri since his dubious appointment is considered fraudulent and should be investigated by the Police Fraud Squad and Ombudsman Commission.
It will also be very interesting to note what the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) response or position would be to this situation, because although Mr. Tupiri does not have sufficient mandate and authority he continues to counter-sign on development funds under ADB funded Civil Aviation Development Improvement Project (CADIP).

It has also come to notice that Mr. Tupiri has terminated the services of certain NAC staff for very minor offences. These staffs were not given the benefit of natural justice to exercise their rights. Whether or not Mr. Tupiri had the authority to terminate services of these staff is questionable, because he was not appointed through proper processes.
This situation is further compounded in that since its inception, the NAC currently does not have an established Human Resource Manual to protect the rights of staff and guide the administration and discharge of disciplinary matters within the organisation. The Minister for Civil Aviation should step in and address this matter, to avoid ordinary Papua New Guinean’s from being discharged from service for very minor offences.

FACILITATION OF APEC MEETINGS

It is also of great concern that “The National Newspaper” of Thursday, 16 April 2015, reported the dire financial situation in NAC. The national government should know that certain provincial capitals in the country will play host to lead up APEC meetings in 2015 and 2016. Some airports identified to host the up-coming APEC events include Nadzab (Lae), Tokua (Rabaul), Kagamuga (Mt. Hagen), Goroka and Madang airports.
However if NAC does not have the financial capacity to up-grade aerodrome safety and security systems at these airports in time to facilitate the APEC events, then how can the government assure the safety and security of our very important guests and dignitaries attending the lead-up APEC meetings. This situation will no doubt place in question PNG’s ability and preparedness to host the APEC proper in 2018. Any failure will have a long term effect on the socio-political and economic well-being of PNG.

Comparatively when Indonesia hosted the APEC in 2013, handled over 130 aircrafts on the ground at Bali’s Denpasar International Airport. Given number of aircraft, it brings to question whether Port Moresby (Jacksons) International Airport (PMIA) is ready to handle an influx of aircraft for APEC 2018. Experience is that NAC is struggling with current volume of traffic. If this so, where will NAC park the increased number of traffic during APEC 2018?

Obviously the Managing Director of NAC, the NAC Board, if any or the Minister of Civil Aviation must surely inform the people and government of PNG on how it intends to resolve this matter before the APEC 2018, to avoid major international embarrassment.

EXECUTIVE STAFF & NAC BOARD

The NAC currently does not have an effective and functioning Board to deliberate on the affairs of this technical organisation. The previous Board that was appointed by the Minister for Civil Aviation was disbanded after the former Board Chairman; Mr. Peter Neville successfully took a Court injunction as to the termination of his term as Chairman.

Whilst the current dilemma in NAC continues, the safety and security of the travelling public are placed at risk. Most of this issues can be resolved if the acting MD/CEO settles in the office and limits his private overseas trips (without prior approval of the Chief Secretary) to address internal matters. There is also a certain expatriate NAC employed, who lives at Airways Hotel and with his accommodation fully paid by the company. This person seems to be on a fly-in fly-out package because he is in office for about 2-3 weeks and on break for another 2 weeks abroad. What value is this person adding to NAC now that it is financially in the red?

It should also be brought to the attention of the public at large and the authorities that NAC is spending far too much in non-core activities. To make a point, certain senior management staffs in the commercial area of NAC are engaging security companies to areas that do not necessarily require security protection. A classic example is that the perimeter road of an airport is designed and meant to facilitate unimpeded access for emergency services attending to any aircraft crash within 10 mile radius of the airport operations. However, a certain security company engaged by NAC has since set up road blocks to check vehicles. The civil aviation safety and security regulator needs to check this out, especially the standards pertaining to emergency access.

Further note that this particular security company earns over K160,000.00 per month (annual about K2m) for virtually doing nothing to improve the standard of security at PMIA.

WHEN WILL WE FINALLY END THE TRICKS AND DECEPTIONS OF MPs LIKE ZURENUOC AND KOUZA?



By MARTIN KAMU
The revelation today (read the full article ) that we the people of PNG have been deceived about what the 400 year old Bible gift to PNG actually is and who gave it to us, continues a sad trend. Too many of our national leaders on both sides of the fence smugly believe that they we'll accept anything they tell us. Fortunately, slowly but steadily, more people are seeing the light and realising that whatever most MPs tell us they're doing, they're doing the opposite behind our backs. They say that they're going to do a project that helps the people, when in reality they're establishing a project that kicks back taxpayers money into their pockets and those of their sin-filled collaborators. It's even starting to become clear that the pollies who put on the biggest displays of compassion and of following Christian values are amongst the most ungodly and corrupt people imaginable on God's green earth.

A big majority of PNG's motley gang of 111 have progressed to the point that they talk almost nothing but pretentious nonsense. Sadly, because all of us over the years have allowed our schools to degenerate so badly, PNG's majority is depressingly uneducated and naivity rules.

MP Theodore Zurenuoc, leader of the now ending taxpayer funded Bible brigade to the USA, is just like MP Anderson Agiriu. By the way both of them speak, you'd almost think they had visible halos above their heads. But they're far from saints. Zurenuoc has been seen once too often having secretive meetings with Chinese 'investors' for thinking people to believe that he has a genuine agenda designed to benefit the people he represents more than the filling of his own pocket. His contemptuous defacing of National Parliament Haus, an attitude shared by Lae MP Loujaya Kouja, is nothing more than a public display of contempt for anyone who thinks different from themselves. No discussion, no debate. Straight to action, just like any good dictator would do. Cheeky beyond belief, they both strut around as if they are God Himself, know all the answers, and can take the power they hold and do whatever they want with it. "Let the people be damned" is the feeling they hold in their subconscious.

Applaud Zurenuoc and Kouza for successfully tricking so many of their constituents into voting them into power. But that doesn't mean the rest of us have to behave like our heads are also empty. We who genuinely care about our country and fervently try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, whether we regularly attend church or not, will either be the saviours of our country or the biggest reason why PNG continues its decline. It is our responsibility to start making it louder and clearer to the nation that performing clowns like Zurenuoc and Kouza aren't positive role models, but tragic symbols of fakery and fraud. The height of their disrespect is now displayed when they lie and hide important facts about a 400 year old Bible in the name of Jesus. They are practioners of pretense under the shadow of God.

PNG Blogs can do its best to serve as a mouthpiece by publishing revelations about these jokers. But that hasn't been enough and it won't be enough to end their clown shows. What will end their mockery of truth and justice is citizen activism of a level that always seems to be a struggle to achieve in PNG but occurs commonly elsewhere. An activist citizenry will start asking questions loud and clear on talkback radio, in letters to the newspapers and to those in the streets to force Zurenuoc and Kouza to reveal the real story of the 400 year old Bible and who donated it. A simple fact check by the submitter of the original article makes it clear that Zurenuoc and Kouza can't possibly be telling the truth but they'll never reveal it unless they're put under some serious pressure.

If we don't demand the truth loud enough, they'll carry on, business as usual, with their deceptions. If we raise our voices effectively, they'll finally say something in return, but not what we hope they'll tell us. Instead of telling the truth, they'll probably use ridicule or subtle threats in an attempt to silence those who demand the facts. Madam Kouza is a certified genius at that trick. If that doesn't work, they'll try a another scam: They'll add new lies on top of the old lies, hoping that we'll become thoroughly confused and give up holding them accountable. Either that or they'll let out a few bits and pieces of the truth, wrapping distortions around each one of those precious nuggets, hoping that we'll overlook the fact that they're hiding the big picture.

Only in PNG can such complete losers get away with such obvious games of deception. Only through persistence can we defeat them in the name of Truth and Justice. All this should be obvious to the Papua New Guineans generally but it's not. It's an uphill battle to make the truth known to the nation so that it sets this nation free of fraud and corruption.

Don't expect a one article on a single blog site to be effective at ending the Grand Deception of the Peter O'Neill government and its resident clowns. Please find your own personal role to spread the Truth and demand Justice. Perform that role with all your energies and conviction. Speak up effectively and loudly, either exposing or hiding your face. An army of independent voices singing the same tune is the only way that we'll ever finally blow these "Christian in name only" politicians out the window and end their circus of fraud.

If there was any better example of blasphemy against Christ, it is lies in the Zurenuoc-Kouza deceptions surrounding the 400 year old Bible gift to PNG.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Strange and Mysterious Case of the Donated King James I Bible To Papua New Guinea

By Martin Kamu

One area of our life where there shouldn't be silly little secrets is with respect to our national faith. Christian principles are the stated centerpiece of our nation.   Christian principles include honesty, and the open, willing sharing of information.
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Papua New Guinea MPs Theodore Zurenuoc and Loujaya Kouza have been in the centre of crazy activities in the past and are now on centre stage in the strange case of the donated American Bible.
These realities unfortunately seem to be ignored by supposedly Christian leaders like MP Theo Zurenuoc and MP Loujaya Kouza, whose extremist versions of Christianity have already embarrassed PNG before the world.  Recall that it wasn't all that long ago that their axing away at the "evil carvings" in parliament house were laughed at around the world, while here in PNG their actions infuriated the very churches that first brought Christianity to this place.   


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MP Theo Zurenuoc made PNG into a world laughingstock in 2013 when he ordered the removal of priceless traditional carvings with the argument that they were symbols of evil and Godlessness and responsible for all the troubles PNG was suffering.   
Thus, it is good to have a healthy suspicion of whatever latest idea this duo comes up with.   We now hear they have secured the donation of a 400 year old Bible from the United States, a first edition of the King James version, published in 1611.      


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Supposedly  an extremely rare first edition copy of the King James I Bible, printed in 1611, has been donated to PNG by an American government body, and MPs Zurenuoc and Kouza have flown to America to pick it up and bring back to PNG.
Zurenuoc says that it is one of only 3 copies in existence.   This is false:  175 copies are known of the first edition printed in 1611.   But only rarely do one of those copies ever come up for sale and the last copy sold happened years ago and fetched  over K1.2 million at auction.     Here in PNG we are used to politicians stealing not 1 million but hundreds of millions.  In the world generally, even K1.2 million is a lot of money.   Few people or institutions even in developed countries have the money to go spending so much money on a single book, much less giving away anything worth over K1 million.   In considering those realities, we in PNG should feel truly blessed that we have received such an expensive gift.    
A recent EMTV story (http://www.emtv.com.pg/article.aspx?slug=PNG-s-40th-Anniversary-Gift-from-USA&) gives us one of the more complete stories of this donated Bible.  There have been articles in the PNG newspapers about it too.  
Already a  delegation of MPs, led by Zurenuoc-Kouza and accompanied by some taxpayer funded tag along assistants have left for the United States to receive this special Bible and bring it back to PNG.  
Because PNG taxpayers money is funding this trip for Zurenuoc-Kouza and other MPs, everything about this gift should be public knowledge.   Unfortunately a lot of information is missing, starting with who exactly is donating this very rare Bible to PNG.
At first, there was not a clear statement that clarified that it was not Obama or the national USA government donating this Bible.  In fact the USA national government would never provide such a gift to another nation.   United States is majority Christian in population but has never called itself a Christian country.  It has a completely different philosophy and constitutional law (see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_State)  on the role of religion in government compared to PNG, keeping religion mostly separate from government, unlike what we do in PNG.     
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Some people behind the scenes must have realised this and starting asking questions since MP Zurenuoc finally stated that it is not the USA national government giving the Bible but the minor American State of Indiana.   That does not make this story clearer.   All American states are also bound by their national  constitution that says church and state must be kept separate.   Christian churches and Christianity can't mix with the government in America like they do in PNG.   With that in mind, why would the State of Indiana government even own a copy of this rare Bible?  
Let's forget about all those doubts for a moment and focus on something else.   Because of the extreme rarity of this gift to PNG, surely the governor of Indiana state would set up a special event to hand over the Bible.   Yet Zurenuoc-Kouza are now in America and still, even today,  there is not one word in the world news media about this that has come from American sources.   Searching news.google.com and typing in various key words regarding this gift, it becomes clear that all the announcements of this gift are coming from the mouths of Zurenuoc-Kouza.   
Even if somehow there is a sensible explanation about how an American State Government would have and give away a very rare and expensive Bible, why would they willingly send such a precious 400 year holy book to any moldy and humid tropical environment that is guaranteed to eventually destroys everything made of paper.   Even odder, why would they send such a precious treasure to a particular tropical country government that has displayed its inability to look after such things.   The government has long failed to provide proper environmental storage conditions for all the PNG National Museum, National Archive, and National Library treasures we already have.   There has been deterioration in some of these treasures because of the government's constant inability to maintain uninterrupted air conditioning and humidity control.    Sending a precious 400 year old Bible to PNG to rot away in the tropical humidity of PNG seems almost like flushing the Bible down the toilet.     
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There are too many unanswered questions about this story.   It is clear that we the citizens of PNG have not  been told the full truth.  Too often in PNG, it is assumed that we are ignorant and stupid, politicans can say anything they want and the newspapers will blindly print it, followed by the people of PNG blindly believing anything that the newspapers say.    Once again  our PNG media has swallowed everything about this Bible gift story that politicians have told them.  They have printed it word for word without asking questions to get more information or challenging any of what they have been told to get to any hidden truths in the story.   It is because of the utter failure of our PNG media to do the job they're supposed to do that PNG Blogs and similar sites on the internet have appeared.  That seems to be the only way that in PNG today we can have access to the real truths of what goes on in our country.   
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In this example, there is something not right about the story of the donated Bible.  Important details are missing, including who in the Indiana government made the decision to give the Bible to PNG, and how the State of Indiana government came to own a religious relict in a country where church and state are strongly kept separate. 
Also if this story is true, why would the people of Indiana allow their government to just give away such a rare treasure to a country (PNG) that probably very few people there have even heard of?    Don't forget-in countries where the democracies function properly, citizens don't sit back and stay silent when their government does something stupid.  They demand answers and sometimes protest in the streets instead of looking like brainless stones.  But as regards the gifting of this Bible from the American State of Indiana, there has been no stories appear to document the usual American activism.
The fact that Zurenuoc-Kouza have not given some very important details from us is a clue that they are actually hiding something about this story.   What could it be?   
POSSIBILITY 1-Could it be that the Bible is not being donated by the State of Indiana but by a religious group who lives in Indiana?   If so, why hide that information?    Is it because they were worried that they might have to pay for the trip out of their own pockets if it were found out that no American governement, either national or state, had anything to do with this donation?
POSSIBILITY 2-Could it be that this isn't even a first edition of the King James Bible version but a slightly later edition or a reprinted copy and thus nothing near as valuable an object as what they are getting us to believe?    If so, why hide that information?    Are they trying to avoid paying for their trip to America out of their own pockets as they most certainly would have to do if it were found out that the Bible they're bringing back something that isn't very valuable at all?  
POSSIBILITY 3-Could it be that Zurenuoc-Kouza wanted an excuse to go to America at PNG taxpayers expense in order to carry out a hidden and perhaps crazy mission?    Could there be a new Zurenuoc-Kouza  cargo cult distortion of Christianity behind all this?   We don't need another silly story that spreads like wildlife around the world and makes PNG look backwards and stuck in the dark ages.  


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The only reason why all this has become a mystery is because MPs Zurenouc and Kouza have not followed their responsibilities as political leaders in a democractic society and fully divulged everything about this bible donation. It is clear that they are either falsifying parts of this story or hiding important pieces of information. We obviously cannot depend upon their cooperation. We have no choice but to look other directions for the truth. If anyone out there who is reading this article has more information on this great mystery of the donated Bible, please enlighten the taxpayers of Papua New Guinea.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mood For Provincial Autonomy Grows in PNG

Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the Rt. Hon Sir Julius Chan – who has been pushing for the National Government to approve the New Ireland Autonomy Model for over 8 years since taking government in 2007 – says PNG faces the inevitable risk of breaking up if it continues with the inefficiency of central government machinery.

The New Ireland Governor amidst the national state in which PNG is languishing near the bottom of the World Rankings of the United National Human Development Index – poorly thriving as the lowest developing country in Oceania and among the 10 lowest developing countries in the world national in the world – say the time is right for provinces to take up more powers of taxation, over natural resources, health, education and other sectors.

This feeling was echoed at the recent Governors Conference hosted by the New Ireland Government in October last year for the 22 Provincial Governors, many of whom were frustrated at the lack of control their administrations have over the development in their provinces.

What PNG needs is a new integration between the National Government, the Provincial Government and lower levels of Government, PNG needs a frankly new structure of Government. Under the Westminster System, whoever gains control of the National Parliament gains control of the whole country, holding onto the reigns of power and having almost exclusive control of the legal system, of legislation, which is applied uniformly and universally throughout the country.

The New Ireland Autonomy Model – which is a consensus model – recognizes that there are differences among the groups that make up a country. The consensus system divides power. It is a federal system. A federal system of Government is a democratic system in which sovereignty – the authority of the state – is distributed between the national governing bodies and lower political units, such a states or provinces.

This is an issue for all provinces, which suffer from the lack of infrastructure and capacity to absorb a greater governance role – the current system is unfair. With so many tribes and languages, PNG is ripe for trouble if provinces are being continuously held back from being able to manage their own affairs.

While commenting on the proposal by PNG Opposition Leader Don Polye for provinces within each region to elect, legislate and regulate administrative, and economic activities under regional governments Sir Julius said regional alignments have been tried before but have failed. “You are talking about a big, big government that can be bigger than Port Moresby and I think it can be a little bit open to abuse. I think we could be creating a creature that is going to be very powerful. You put the Highlands region together and that is more powerful than Port Moresby.”

Sir Julius was not sold on the regional government idea, worrying that it would create large, potentially unwieldy monsters for the nation state.

“Granting more autonomy to provinces would not cause disintegration of PNG as a national but instead help it stay intact,” Sir J said in a statement. “Everything comes from Port Moresby and Port Moresby is the worst, most inefficient organization in PNG today,” he said.

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