The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has appointed 12 Vice Ministers who will be performing various key tasks in Government.
Mr Marape announced their appointment at the Government House soon after they were sworn in by Governor General, Sir Bob Dadae today.
The Vice Ministers whose full responsibilities and ministries will be announced next week are;
Hon. Kobby Bomorea MP,
Hon. Pogio Ghate MP,
Hon. Joe Sungi MP,
Hon. James Donald MP,
Hon. Joe Kuli MP,
Hon. Wesley Raminai MP,
Hon Win Daki MP,
Hon Johnson Wapunai MP,
Hon Jimmy Uguro MP,
Hon. Henry Amuli MP,
Hon Manasseh Makiba MP and Hon Koni Iguan MP.
Prime Minister Marape said that they will be given full responsibilities and has the confidence in them to deliver to key government expectations.
“We have a fine group of leaders who are all qualified to be Ministers. At any time, they can be lifted to Ministers of State as they are all qualified.
“But because of a combination of a formula that was used to appoint the Ministers, most of them were displaced
and they can’t all be Ministers as we filled in the 32 Ministries in the earlier appointments.
“But now I am humbled to witness a group of leaders who are kind enough to accept the call to be Vice Ministers,’’
said Prime Minister Marape.
He said that they will be allocated Ministries and agencies to look after.
“And I did mention earlier in the swearing in of Ministers, the Vice Ministers here will be functional Vice Ministers
and not just getting title as Vice Ministers and running around doing nothing as was in the past.
“We will assign respective functions and agencies of State to the Vice Ministers and they will take carriage of those responsibilities by assisting Ministers concerned in delivering key expectations of our Government and services to our people,’’ Prime Minister Marape said.
Prime Minister Marape said that he will be announcing the full responsibilities of each of the 12 Vice ministers on what they will do and be responsible for next week Monday.
He said that the announcement will also include the appointment of three Vice Ministers of Agriculture. Prime Minister Marape earlier when he announced his Cabinet said three Vice ministers will be appointed and be responsible for coffee, oil palm, copra, cocoa, and another one for livestock.