Manau Is Petroleum And Energy Department Secretary
David Manau has been appointed as the new Petroleum and Energy secretary on Tuesday. He was appointed following a National Executive Council (NEC) decision.
Minister for Petroleum and Energy Kerenga Kua thanked acting secretary Lohial Nuau for his service and support over the last nine months since he became the Minister of Petroleum, and more recently Energy.
“I thank you for your invaluable assistance as acting secretary. You are a fine gentleman and a true professional and I am pleased to inform both you and Mr Manau that the decision of the NEC on Tuesday was merit based and in line with the PSC (Public Service Commission) processes of appointment,” he said.
Mr Kua told the new secretary that he is looking forward to working with both men who have served many years in Petroleum and have a lot to still contribute to its operations. “We have had secretaries acting for many years in this position and it is about time that we have some consistency and stability in the department.
An official handover can take place once the official gazette is out. Mr Manau will have to start by addressing outstanding issues in the Department including the vacancies that still exist,” he said.
Mr Kua outlined the importance of the Petroleum and Energy sector saying, “There will not be any time to rest as we need to oversee the continued implementation of the Papua LNG project and the negotiations that are still afoot for the P’nyang project,” he said.
“Furthermore we also have the many legacy issues that the department is currently working on to conclude so I can take these long outstanding issues to NEC to endorse a plan for a way forward.
“Finally, I invite all stakeholders to also embrace the decision that the NEC has taken and to work with Mr Manau as I will be doing for the betterment of the Department and the people of PNG and all concerned.”
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