Papua New Guinea’s Member for Gumine Lucas Dawa Dekena and Bogia MP Robert Naguri were sworn in Tuesday as Ministers for Education and Energy respectively at Government House in Port Moresby.

Prime Minister James Marape congratulated the two new Ministers who will now fill the vacancies left behind by Education Minister, late Jimmy Uguro and former Energy Minister Kerenga Kua who resigned to join the Opposition.

Marape said both ministers were appointed based on their educational background and is confident they will deliver.

He said Minister Dekena will carry on from the work late Uguro had left while Energy Minister will be taking the lead in the important agenda government is now taking in the area of fuel insecurity and green energy space.

“I want to indicate that Energy Minister will be focusing on clean energy as we are focusing into that space.

Marape added that the appointment of the two ministers now brings a total 38 ministers in the cabinet.

He said creating different ministries will reduce the workload of a minister having oversight over many agencies, but more importantly to assign ministers to key agencies to oversee and achieve results immediately.

Ministers Dekena and Naguri both swore their Oath and Loyalty before the Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape and other state ministers.