Mother of 6 gains port security diploma in Israel

 

Her journey in education and life started in 1979 as a primary school student in Western Highlands Province (WHP) and recently in 2019 she achieved a Diploma in Maritime and Port Security at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Israel.

Originally a trained primary school teacher, Mrs Nellie Konga, age 45, is from a mix parentage of WHP (father Philip Lai) and Enga Province (mother Cecilia Lai) and is currently the team leader-security administration with PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports). She has been with the security department for the past three (3) years.

She lost her husband, late Mr. John F. Konga in a tragic accident in 2013 and has been looking after their six children while progressing in her respective careers as a trainer and as a maritime port security professional.

Some of her children are now adults namely Athenesius (28 yrs), Adrian (25 yrs), Annatascia (21 yrs), Alexander (19 yrs), and Felicianna (17 yrs) with the only youngest Alistair four years old but despite the challenges of a mother and without the support of her husband, Nellie continues to strive for excellence.

Nellie started school at Mt. Hagen primary school in 1979 and finished in 1984, she then attended Notre Dame high school from 1985 to 1988 and then achieved a certificate in primary education after attending Holy Trinity teacher’s college from 1989 to 1990 followed by a diploma in primary education also at Holy Trinity teacher’s college in the year 2005.

She also completed various authorised training courses and was certified by the National Training Council as a trainer at security company, G4S.

Nellie joined PNG Ports from G4S where she was working as a senior compliance and training instructor with office manageress as an additional role.

While the security role at PNG Ports does not require any physical appearance; her role is very challenging in that she and her male colleagues have to ensure all ports under the management of PNG Ports must be compliant with the International Shipping and Port Security (ISPS) code under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

“I develop and implement work programs, coordinate ISPS schedule for all ports, carry out security investigation when security issues arise according to company guidelines, ensure all periodical and incidental reports are accurate and submitted on time and do monitoring as well.”

“I assist with identifying and developing strategies to safe guard the business interests of the company,” Mrs Konga said.

She said working for PNG Ports is exciting but working in a male dominated area is very challenging as masculinity often define security according to physical strength and categorise women to be fragile and defenceless.

However, the term security at PNG Ports is greater in definitions than ordinary day to day security.

“Security at PNG Ports is mostly run by the port bible (ISPS Code) and it does not require one with physical strength to carryout security roles.”

“Rather it’s about how well one can identify security threats, intensify vulnerable areas of security, think strategically and coordinate security in accordance with the ISPS Code and can prevent, deter and defend security hazards,” Mrs Konga said.

“I am thankful to the former Security Manager, Mr. Titus Edoni, who helped me settle in well at PNG Ports when I first joined in 2016. He was kind of my role model providing constant guidance and support which was a great learning experience for me as I took on my new role within the Security Department,” she said.

After learning of the maritime and port security training program from a colleague at Motukea port this year, Nellie submitted her application with the hope of securing a fully sponsored space and was lucky to be awarded the sponsorship by the IMO.

Nellie wishes to continue to work as a team for the effectiveness and perfection for the betterment of PNG Ports with her latest training and to provide assistance and cooperation when needed and be able to impart the knowledge and skill that she possesses.

The maritime and port security training which was held from the 25th of June to the 8th of July, 2019 will help her in her role and she can help to improve maritime and port security operations with management support to accomplish her plans.

Mrs Konga said ports are significant in boosting a country’s economy and security and safety of the vessels, cargoes and people involved in the port is paramount in this aspect. Therefore, the training was focused on maritime security both on shore and off shore.

She said the program was taught for the purpose of getting information for preventing different security threats and in order to identify security risks but all in accordance to the ISPS Code.

Nellie should now be able to do effective port facility security assessments (PFSA) and port facility security plans (PFSP) which are the vital part of ports existence.

“We cannot cut and paste PFSA and PFSP because it had existed before thus, port has to be strategically assessed every time there is a change and the security threats and vulnerable areas have to be intensively identified and analysed to suit the environment.”

“It (training) is beneficial to me because I am part of the team that would increase capacity for innovative planning, implementing policies in response to maritime and port security and would use tactical skills to do the PFSA and PFSP,” Mrs Konga said.

“The program was very intensive but facilitated by university professors in maritime, lecturers from Israel Maritime College and a psychologist who studies terrorism.”

“The course also provided opportunity for us to visit the two biggest ports of Israel Ashdod and Haifa to see access control to and from the ports, how containers are stored, how the port was built, how security is monitored and the kind of security equipment used to detect security threats,” she said.

The program was supported by IMO who sponsored 29 successful women applicants throughout the third world countries.

This sponsorship coincided with the 2019 World Maritime Day theme of ‘Empowering Women in Maritime Communities’.

Eight men also attended the course under self-sponsorship from their various companies due to the importance of the program.

The GIMI was established in 1987, focusing on delivering intensive short courses which are internationally recognised to up-skill people from various fields of professions.

“My advice to the female students out there is that maritime and port security is definitely challenging but with self-perseverance one can achieve more and excel with positivity. Nothing is too bad or too difficult so have no limits; only sky is the limit,” Mrs Konga said.

Nellie is thankful to her family and PNG Ports for all the support and will put to good use what she has learnt from her training.

 

Article By FRANK ASAELI – PNG Ports Senior Public Relations Officer

 

Future leaders gain certificates in leadership & management

 

Nine staff from PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), together with 11 others from National Airports Corporation and PNG Weather Office have graduated with certificates in leadership and management on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Port Moresby.

These future leaders underwent weeks of intensive training as part of the company’s aim to develop the middle management team in order to enable them to take on greater responsibilities.

PNG Ports believe that effective training and development through coordinated staff development mechanisms is crucial for effective and efficient service delivery to clients and stakeholders per the increasing demands of transport services in the country.

In thanking the Department of Transport (DOT) for its partnership and providing the Australian government funded training via IEA College of TAFE, Manager-Human Capital of PNG Ports, Mr. Rex Kini said the aim was to provide training and development opportunities for key employees which are related to their present role and future needs of the company.

Mr. Kini said in efforts to prepare prospective employees for future leadership and management roles within PNG Ports and the transport sector, PNG Ports through the DOT had agreed to venture into a fully funded agency support arrangement training program of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

PNG Ports as such secured and nominated a total of nine employees for placement in its training bid proposal, three of whom were from the outer ports namely Samuel Ahi (Madang port), Frank Weskina (Lae port) and Kennedy Yambu (Alotau port). Head office staff included Messrs Petra Sipiau, Eunice Kot, Scholastica Masueng, Helen Nanumea, and Ailan Kase and Ronald Kelly of Motukea port.

Acting Managing Director of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Mr. Fego Kiniafa congratulated all the 20 graduates during the presentation of the certificates.

“You never stop learning, I am still learning, I have been warming the seat for the MD for PNG Ports for the last five months and I am still learning in terms of leadership and management,” Mr. Kiniafa said.

“Management for me is about overseeing the management rules, regulations, complying with laws and policies and procedures.”

“The critical part is leadership. Leadership is all about the vision, about the future, about direction, take it with Godly influence in your vision or how you drive the responsibilities in your respective fields. If you have the wisdom of God as your counterpart in providing the leadership you will not go wrong,” he said.

“Thank you! Papua New Guinea – Australia Transport Sector Partnership, Department of Transport, IEA College of TAFE and PNG Ports for giving us this continuous learning opportunity to enhance our leadership and management skills,” PNG Ports Team Leader-ICT Support Systems and graduand, Mrs Helen Nanumea said.

She said the training re-emphasised practices and approaches they have been doing well in and exposed areas where they were doing little or none at all.

“On continuous improvement, we don’t stop learning. As team leaders or managers in our respective roles, we have been equipped with skills on how to encourage and support individuals in our teams to actively participate and contribute to decision making processes, take responsibility and take initiative,” Mrs Nanumea said.

PNG Ports mourns Board Member

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) bid farewell to one of its highly experienced Board member, and senior citizen, Patrick Kalani Amini, in November.

The late director Amini, from Alukuni in Rigo, Central Province, passed on at the good age of 66 at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby on November 11 after a short illness.

He was appointed to the Board of PNG Ports on January 2013 bringing with him a wealth of experience after serving as the Chief Executive Officer for two other State Owned Enterprises (SOE) – PNG Power Limited and Water PNG.

By January next year, he would have served the PNG Ports board for six years.

During his funeral held at the Boroko United Church, Deputy Chairman of PNG Ports, Fabian Chow, spoke highly of the late Director’s contributions to the Board. 

“The experience and leadership late Amini brought to PNG Ports was immense. To all of us who worked with him, he was the guiding hand in the entire team. He was the last check in all the major decisions we made, the check and balance, if I may say so,” said Mr Chow.

“As a senior director, he contributed immensely towards PNG Ports’ milestone achievements in the operational and financial aspects of our business.” 

“His role in the life of the PNG Ports board will forever remain exemplary.”

“He was one of the best. He was indeed a great asset to the private sector, the government and the people of this country,” said Mr Chow.

At the time of his death, the late Amini, an Electrical Engineer by profession, had given a total of 43 years to the service of SOE’s; at least two thirds of his life.

He served PNG Power for 25 years, since January 1974, working in various positions including the Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer for the PNG Electrical Commission (now PNG Power).  He was later appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 1989, a position he held for six years.

He then moved on to be the Executive Director of the Pacific Power Association in Suva, Fiji for three and a half years from July 1995 to December 1998.

Following that, he joined Water PNG as the Chief Executive and Managing Director, a position he held for 13 years from March 1999 to June 2012.

During his time at PNG Power and Water PNG, he was instrumental in the retailing of electricity and water services.

His tenure at PNG Power saw him complete the Warangoi, Pauanda, Ru Creek, Sohun and the multi-million kina Yonki dam hydro electric project.

He also saw the implementation of the prepayment electricity meters (Esipay meters), developed the company’s Strategic Planning, among other achievements.

At Water PNG, the late Amini completed the Madang, Kokopo, Lorengau, Kwikila, Mutzing, Bereina, and Wabag water supply projects, and did improvements to the Lae water supply system.

He implemented the Compliance and Licensing functions of Water PNG, and oversaw the developments of the Corporate and Strategic Planning for Water PNG, Draft National Water Policy, Draft Community Service Obligation Policy, Organisational Reforms and Change towards Corporatisation, and the Medium Term Corporate Plan and Priorities 2012 – 2015 and Water PNG Strategic Plan 2012 – 2030.

PNG Ports staff get immunized against polio

PNGPCL Polio immunisation exercisePNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) employees were vaccinated against polio.

As a direct response to the polio outbreak in the country, PNG Ports is one of the first few companies to have its 500 plus staff receive polio vaccination.

The premier port services provider began the immunisation drive at its Head Office in Downtown, Port Moresby, on August 29.

Staff based at the newly opened Motukea Port located just outside Port Moresby, and Lae Port in Morobe will be next, followed by those at the rest of the 15 ports owned and operated by PNG Ports.

For Port Moresby, Pacific International Hospital was engaged to carry out the exercise, while the Lae International Hospital will assist Lae staff.  Similar arrangements will be made for the rest of the staff at outer ports.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Mr Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports invests in the wellbeing of its employees and this initiative was just one of them to see its staff healthy and happy.

“The efforts by PNG Ports is in line with efforts by the Health Department to provide vaccination to children around the country following the outbreak of polio in the country after 18 years,” Mr Alphonse said.

“With the recent polio alert in the nation’s capital, we (PNG Ports) could not wait around until polio strikes one of our staff.”

 “Employees are the most important resource for any company and PNG Ports strives to ensure its employees are treated well and are kept motivated.  The employees can in turn value the company and remain productive, which will have an impact on how the company performs,” he said.

The immunisation drive is not the only initiative PNG Ports has taken to look into the health of its employees.

PNG Ports also provides medical cover for all its staff, rolls out the compulsory full medical and dental checks every year, and organises random screening and vaccination exercises for different illnesses such as tuberculosis and others.

PNG Ports has also assisted the health sector in the country by making available monetary donations to various hospitals, assisted health programs and meetings, and others.

The company also purchased a K150, 000 worth ultrasound scanner for the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Emergency Ward in 2016.