Utula Samana

Utula Samana (1951- ), public servant and politician. Samana was born in Lae, Morobe District, and educated at Lae High School and UPNG from which he graduated with a B.A. He was the Provincial Planner for Morobe Province from 1978-79 and Premier of the Morobe Provincial government from 1980-87. He was elected to the House of Assembly to represent a Morobe electorate in 1987. Samana was the founder and parliamentary leader of the Morobe Independent Group which changed its name to the Melanesian United Front in 1989. He held Public Service and Agriculture portfolios from 1987-88 and was Minister for Education from 1991-92. Samana was defeated in the 1992 elections and appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. His publications include Papua New Guinea: which way?.

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