Torokina is one of the least developed districts in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, one that can only be accessed via the sea.
Bougainville’s Acting Chief Secretary, Paul Kebori, recently made a surprise visit to Torokina to assess the delivery of services.
From his observation, there was a lack of administrative leadership at the district level.
“My first priority is to re-look at the appointment of the acting executive manager to run the administrative services. This is a key position to ensure the district is functioning,” he said.
Torokina is prone to natural disasters, considering there is an active volcano nearby.
Infrastructure development such as good roads, a jetty and an airstrip are needed, especially during disaster periods.
“Emphasis is for the need for immediate intervention, in terms of fixing the road, because in terms of disaster, we need to evacuate quickly and for the relief supply of food rations,” he said
Issues relating to Torokina District were raised in parliament this week by South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu.
“Issue on Torokina, Mr Speaker. Torokina sits on a disaster prone area,” the MP said.
A team from the planning and technical services department will work together to develop plans that will be implemented accordingly, so the people of Torokina can access essential services.