The Southern Highlands Provincial Executive Council will soon engage an independent team, to investigate its provincial administration, for failing to implement government priorities.
Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, made this announcement last week in the provincial capital, Mendi.
He also ordered the administration and the health authorities, to reopen all closed down health facilities in the province.
Governor Powi’s announcement comes after an independent audit team engaged to identify real problems within the province, found that the province’s health and education sectors were not doing well.
He said with these problems identified, the next step is to identify problems within the provincial administration, and see why it is failing to implement two of government’s top priorities.
He said his action is not to target certain individuals but to identify and rectify the problematic areas that have prevented the administration from implementing government policies.
He also issued instructions for the provincial administration and the health division in the province to reopen all closed health facilities.
Ten million kina has been allocated to this sector, and another K10 million in the education sector, however the provincial administration has done little to improve the two sectors.
He therefore ordered the concerned authorities to prioritise these two sectors in line with the government’s priority areas.
Governor Powi said the province can change if these sectors are improved with a good administration in place.
Governor Powi is in the province for the PEC meetings paying visits to the main districts in the province.
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