Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has arrived in Lae for a one day convention of his party -the People’s National Congress.
He attended a series of engagements yesterday which includedthe launch ofthe biometric registration pilot project andthe Lae roads reconstruction, and a visit tothe PolytechInstitution.
Todaythe Party Members will discuss among ther things, free education, infrastructure and service delivery.
It comes asthe government pumps unprecedented amounts of money into districts.
Thirty minutes beforethe Prime Minister arrived a large delegation of PNC members and some fromthe cabinet landed on an Air Niugini charter.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru had to lead a small group from Pangia to jointhe welcome party.
Enga Governor Peter Ipatas –the first to step offthe plane – his smaller party joinedthe PNC recently. As a champion of free education, he’ll be keeping a close hear on PNC’s views on Free Education that will be shared today atthe Convention.
Also onthe flight,the Health Minister Michael Malabag, his arrival comes two days after nurses at Angau hospital cut-back on non-essential services. He’ll also be looking into that issue inthe next forty eight hours.
ThPM’s delegationthen proceeded tothe National PolytechInstitute – an institution that turns 60 this year.
Therethe Prime Minister officiated atthe ceremony markingthe start of construction of a new girl’s dormitory.
It isthe start of many changes to come inthe next few years. Changefunded bythe Lae district using budgetary allocations that are going directly tothe district.
The O’Neill led government is injecting a large chunk ofthe budget intothe districts. Every district is getting a million kina every month. Betthe effectiveness of delivery injures on effective planning.
Lae MP Loujaya Toni usedthe opportunity to presentthe districts five year development plan.
The Prime Minister also launched work on a four lane road from Lae to Nadzab. The new road will cut down traffic congestion.
The focus of government on Lae has boostedthe image ofthe city. Lae is no longer a provincial capital but an industrial hub worthy of recognition because of its contribution tothe national economy.