by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
Kutubu LLG President, John Kila, has urged the government to increase funding for local level governments.
The reduced funding from K500,000 to K100,000 has forced the Kutubu LLG to cut-down spending on other priority areas.
The affected sector is agriculture, which is considered the backbone of the people.
Kutubu LLG president was upset that with the budget cuts; agriculture will be affected as more funding will be allocated for health and education.
He says the budget cuts will affect the overall outcome of the district’s five-year development plan.
Mr Kila urged the government to maintain the K500,000 or increase the funding component.
The president highlighted this while presenting his 2014 LLGSIP Acquittal reports to the Department of Implementation and Rural Development.
Some of the projects, undertaken by the Kutubu LLG include:
• road maintenance
• Pimaga rural hospital
• health centre
• primary schools
• women groups
• village courts, and
• maintenance of the agriculture camp
Moving forward, Mr Kila presented his 2013 – 2017 Kutubu LLG Five Year Development Plan, one which is aligned with the Nipa-Kutubu development plan and the Southern Highlands Provincial Master Plan