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Taoba: No Politics At Province Meeting

Taoba: No Politics At Province Meeting
Chairman of the Lau Provincial Council Ilisoni Taoba.
October 02
10:17 2015

The chairman of the Lau Provincial Council meeting Ilisoni Taoba was firm on his decision that no politics was to be discussed at the meeting.

He made the decision on the first day of the meeting.

Mr Taoba told delegates that the Lau Provincial Council was an arm of Government and would only deal with developments in the province.

He said anything with politics should be referred to politicians.

Yesterday, the women’s wing of the Council moved a motion that Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was to be retained as President of the nation.

Mr Taoba said the Council respected the Constitution and Ratu Epeli had completed his two terms and would not be renewed.

“We stand by that,” he said.

He said he would allow not this matter be discussed because it was political in nature.

The chairman said that the women’s wing should take this matter to the politicians.

Ratu Epeli will finish his term  next month, but Parliament will have a special session this month just to select a new president.

Section 84 of the Constitution outlines the appointment of the President and section 83 is on qualification for appointment.


East Sepik partnership

The Lau provincial council and East Sepik Province (Papua New Guinea) sistership is intact says the Roko Tui Lau, Timoci Macanawai.

This sistership came into reality last year after the two provinces signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs.

This year, he said, a seven-member delegation, led by the First Lady Adi Koila Nailatikau visited East Sepik.

Mr Macanawai said this visit was successful as the team came back with a list of what East Sepik wanted.

“They urgently need a town planner, band master and sports coaches,” he said.

He said after their visit to the  province they concluded that they needed the manpower.

East Sepik, he said, would like to buy shares in the Yatu Lau Company.

A report from the visit to East Sepik was tabled yesterday at the  meeting and was endorsed by the delegates.

The report was tabled by Ratu Etuate Uluilakeba.



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