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Parkop defends yoga deal

NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has defended the awarding of a contract to a company to provide yoga training to Port Moresby residents.

He said due process and proper procedures were followed by the National Capital District Commission in the securing of the K3 million-a-year contract.

He was replying to questions raised in Parliament this week by Madang MP Bryan Kramer regarding the engagement of a foreign-owned company to provide yoga training to Port Moresby residents.
Kramer claimed that there were “irregularities” in the awarding of the contract.

Parkop however accused Kramer of abusing parliamentary privilege to make false allegations against him.

He challenged his critics to lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman Commission or the police fraud unit so that the matter could be investigated if they still think that rules had been breached.

“If they have a problem, they can go to the Ombudsman Commission and the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption squad and we will give all the files (on the contract) to them,” he told Parliament yesterday.

“And if any political opponents want to challenge me, then they can wait for 2022.”

Parkop had been behind the Walk for Life programme in 2014 to promote healthy living among city residents. It involved organised walks in the city on weekends. The National Capital District Commission later contracted the company in question to provide yoga training as part of the programme.

He said if Kramer had cared to, “he will find out that we went through a due process to award the contract”.

“I was a co-founder of this Walk For Life programme in 2014. I paid for the cost out of my pocket money, paying all the volunteers, drivers, and the programme got too big. The cost went too high.

“That’s when I went to the National Capital District Commission to use funds from my Provincial Service Improvement Programme. And we started humbly with K300,000. So I have declared my interest.”
He said the contract with the company was approved by the NCDC board and managed by the NCDC.

“Everything is on file. There is acquittal, monthly acquittal both in terms of how the money is spent and also the outcomes of the programme,” he said.

He said the company had paid for its own certification with the Investment Promotion Authority. He urged Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori to verify that with the authority.

“If you go to IPA, you will find that we (NCDC) did not pay for that certification. How can we pay for that certification? We would be stupid to use public funds to pay for a private (company) certification,” he said.

He also defended the healthy living programme he started.

“I have nothing to hide, I’m ready to answer questions. This programme is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and is shared with seven other cities in the world.

“It’s based on a model that was devised in Liverpool city in England. Liverpool used this model to address problems of crime and violence. And we are using this programme to change the negative mindset of the city’s residents.”

Source: The National PNG

WALK for life Port Moresby has now been recognised by the International Olympic Committee

WALK for life Port Moresby has now been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has asked NCD Governor Powes Parkop to endorse its bid for a program called the active city program.

“The Active City Program is being coordinated and submitted through the PNG Olympic Committee and we will submit the bid ASAP! It is in recognition for the role walk for life contributes to fitness, health and wellness to our city residents and how it also mobilises them, and these values that walk for life promotes are in line with values and virtues promoted by the IOC,” said Mr Parkop.

When making this announcement yesterday at the Ela Beach amphitheater during the Youth United Rhythms Extravaganza – a pre-Christmas show featuring young talent, the Governor also said that some funding of fifty thousand kina, a pledge, from the National Gaming Board would also enhance the walk for life drive in 2016 in which bush tracking walks of places such a third Kokoda Trail Walk (for walk for life), a feat of Mount Michael in the Eastern Highlands Province and Mount Wilhelm in the Chimbu province are also part of the 2016 schedule.

He said that the recent walk in Manus was 34 kilometers from the South to the North and in 2016 it will be from the North to the South. According to the Governor, these walks not only improve fitness and health but also provides so many opportunities.As per the World Health Organization survey, if one walks 30 mins each week they live longer.The United Nations in which 179 countries are affiliated to, also say that yoga is a holistic way of life program.

“I have huge plans for 2016. These life changing programs like walk for life, yoga, the ongoing infrastructure road developments are all part of changing the mindset and image of our city. Also this week on Tuesday, 8th December, 2015 (tomorrow) I will be introducing music classes,” said Mr Parkop.“Living healthy is most paramount. We need to change our lifestyle and set a good foundation. The biggest killer in PNG is lifestyle disease. There are not many old people these days because people are now dying young. We need to change our lifestyle and live longer and make sure our children have a strong foundation for the future. When our children see us practicing a healthy lifestyle that we live,we will be a better nation in the future. We need to reaffirm the message and take action to address the problem,” said the Governor.

He added that also in 2016, the walk for life program would also introduce a loyalty package, meaning that whoever participates the most would receive a reward, maybe a free health check or a tracking trip package around the country to loyal walkers who dedicate themselves in staying fit and healthy.“I really want our city to change and apart from these healthy programs I am also pushing for settlements and villages within NCD to be upgraded to suburbs. They must have all amenities. They must receive allotments and be sensationalized and receive land titles, because once we empower our people in the settlements and villages in this way they start feeling good about themselves and build new houses and buy new cars and work hard, live healthy and then the society will change,” said Mr Parkop.

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