(SIG/GCU release): The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has filled up all 24 Ministerial Portfolios following the Swearing-In of the remaining 13 Ministers by the Governor General Sir Dr. Frank Ofagioro Kabui at Government House on 29 April.
The Ministers are Hon. John Dean Kuku – Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Hon. Dr. Kaitu’u Tautai Angikimua, Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Christopher Laore – Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Bradley Tovosia – Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Hon. Duddley Kopu, – Minister for Rural Development, Hon. Augustine Auga – Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Dickson Mua – Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. William Bradford Marau – Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey, Hon. Freda AB Tuki Soriacomua – Minister for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Hon. Samuel Manetoali, Minister for Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Hon. Dr. Culwick Togamana – Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management ad Meteorology, Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka – Minister for Communication and Aviation, Hon. Clezy Rore – Minister for Commerce, Industries, labour and Immigration.
Earlier last week ten Ministers were sworn-in which included Hon. Ricky Nelson Houenipwela – Minister for National Planning for Development Coordination, Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo – Minister for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga – Minister for Infrastructure and Development, Hon. Ishmael Avui – Minister for Forestry and Research and Hon. Anthony Veke – Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon. John Maneniaru who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Jeremiah Manele – Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Harry Kuma – Minister for Finance and Treasury, Hon. Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada – Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services and Hon. Fredrick Kologeto who took up the Ministry of Public Service portfolio.
The appointments were made pursuant to section 37 of the constitution in which Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has advised the Governor General to appoint these Members of Parliament as Ministers to these respective Ministries.
These ministerial appointments have formalized the responsibilities that each Minister will be performing as contained in the assignment of responsibilities instruments.