Work on restoring Daru asthe provincial capital progresses despite recent controversies that have putthe province inthe media spotlight.
Provincial Administrator Modowa Gumoi’said issues surrounding Ok Tedi and his recent court case over alleged misappropriation have not hindered nor stopped his administration from pursuing its plans for the former Western Province capital.
Dr. Gumoi’s court case over alleged misappropriation was thrown out bythe district court yesterday.
For years,the Daru Island Township experienced water shortages and sanitation problems. This contributed to a number of health deficiencies.
ThPNG Sustainable Development Programthen stepped in with Fifty-two million kina to counter this problem. An Eight-million kina water supply project also falls under this funding and, overthe weekend, Dr. Gumoi’said he withnessedthe second shipment of equipment being brought in for the new water pipe.
“It is important for this project to be done quickly because it’s also health related,” Gumoi’said.
Water and sanitation are only small portions ofthe big plansthe government has for the former provincial headquarters. One significant one is to bringthe provincial headquarters back to Daru.
To achieve this,the first stepthe provincial administration has taken was weeding out corruption by filtering its public servants so that honest and accountable people can deliver basic services.
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