MINISTERIAL VISIT SPURS COMMITMENT
A ministerial visit to parts of the PNG Highlands Region has spurred Minister Masiu and his delegation with intervention programs to improve radio station facilities.
Outcome of the ministerial visit
Masiu said he was highly satisfied with the outcome of his ministerial visit to three Highlands Provinces last week.
“I thank you the people of Mt Hagen and Western Highlands, Anglimp South-Waghi and Jiwaka, Kundiawa and the wider Chimbu Province for their kindness and hospitality,” he said.
The ministerial delegation comprised of NBC Board Chairman, Mr Pius Tikili, Managing Director, Mr Kora Nou and Deputy Managing Director, Mr Joe Wafewa. Support staff were also part of the team.
PARTLY HIGHLANDS TOUR
“My delegation arrived on Wednesday in Mt Hagen. We were able to meet with the local staff. They took us on a tour seeing the major renovations that are taking place at the moment.
“Our team then travelled by road to Kundiawa on Thursday. Another reception awaited us. In that, local staff and Chimbu Provincial Administration welcomed us,” he recalled their journey.
“We again travelled by road from Kundiawa to Jiwaka on Friday. We joined the Prime Minister who launched several projects for the Jiwaka Province.”
The Minister said that as a result of this, first-hand inspection of the NBC sites, he has made the following commitments:
“In Kundiawa, I want them to build a new office and studio complex as soon as possible.
“In Jiwaka, we will meet with Governor Tongap and his Administration soo. That is we want to be part of their overall plans for the bigger Kurumul Headquarter development.
“In the meantime, my team visited an ideal site in Minz on Saturday. We will set up a temporary studio and office. Thus, our people of Jiwaka can immediately access NBC services.
“In Hagen, we are currently renovating the old building,” Minister Masiu said.
“Many of our radio stations are in dire strait. I have learnt it from my numerous other visits. My heart has cried out when I saw the huge predicament this iconic institution is in. This is due to lack of successive management and government attention over the years.
“I appeal to our Government to help to Take Back PNG. That is through the provision of Radio services to our most rural areas of our beautiful country.
“We owe it our people; I remain steadfast in my resolve to help NBC and this Government deliver the broadcasting services they truly deserve.
“For us leaders, Radio will easily promote awareness and appreciation of our various policy interventions and development projects in our respective provinces and electorates.
“Looking ahead, the remaining Provincial stations I visited this year are Mendi, Lorengau, Alotau, Popondetta and NBC Central. https://www.google.com/amp/s/postcourier.com.pg/k20000-boost-for-nbc-radio-bougainville/amp/
“Last but not the least, the new station in Hela Province, where I have already had initial discussions with the Prime Minister and Governor Undialu,” the Minister said.
“It will also help us engage meaningfully with our voters. Let’s make effective use of these mediums.
“God bless Papua New Guinea, One Nation, One Country!