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January 22, 2021

Big weekend for PM in Sepik

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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was inthe East and West Sepik Provinces overthe weekend.

He wasthere to officiate at a number of District Service Improverment Project launches. The firstobeing a District office complex andthe Aitape Lumi Rural electrification program.

The Prime Minister touched down in Aitape in a helicopter. He was met bythe Aitape Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch and ther Sandaun MP’s Also notable wasthe presence of East Sepik Governor Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

The members of parliament walked throughthe streets before makingtheir way tothe main arena.

Mr Pruaitch called on his people to supportthe government in its implementation drive underthe District service improverment program.

Sir Michael thankedthe government for allocating a bigger budget for his province.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill sain PNG facesthe pressure of population increase that’s why DSIP was created.

For this year two million kina each has already been allocated tothe districts. The remaining eight million kina per district will be given inthe next eight months.

Mr O’Neill said problems won’t be fixed overnightothat’s why stability in government is needed.

The nine million kina district office complex was officially opened bythe Prime Minister as well asthe rural electrification project.

An additional cheque of three million kina was also handed to Patrick Pruaich duringthe occasion.

While in Wewak,the Prime Minister announced that his cabinet is prepared to relocatethe Correctional Services Beram facility, to allow an extension ofthe Wewak Airport.

He made this statement during a dinner hosted at Moem Barracks by East Sepik Governor, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

The relocation of both institutions is yet to be finalized.

Mr O’Neill also gave four million kina for infrastructure maintenance tothe 2nd Pacific Islands Regiment at Moem Barracks andthe Beram General Hospital.

Meredith Kuusa, National EMTV News


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