Minister for Agriculture and Member for Middle Ramu, Tommy Tomscoll, says running an electorate like his is very challenging.
As Middle Ramu is landlocked between several provinces in the Highlands and Sepik, he says the DSIP and District Support Grants are insufficient. Coupled with these, are the expensive administrative costs of operations and implementation of projects.
Minister Tomscoll highlighted these issues when he acquitted his 2013 DSIP and District Support Grants today.
Prior to handing over his 2013 District Support Improvement Fund and Support Grants, Minister Tomscoll told the media that despite critics from his opponents about development in the District, he has, and will stick to prioritized projects.
Mr. Tomscoll said he cannot acquit for 2012 DSIP Funds, as there was no money available. He said the District spent K309, 000 in 2013, which he says, is insufficient to run a difficult and challenging electorate.
Much of the DSIP Funds were spent on health, education and supporting women’s projects in Middle Ramu. The Minister says he will focus on addressing the need gap which includes the need for more teachers, and health workers in his electorate, something which he intends to proceed with using the 2014 DSIP Allocation.
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