Thursday, October 27, 2011

PM: Improve lives of rural people

Source: Post Courier, Thursday  October 27, 2011

Since taking office in August this year, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill continues to make his mark by visiting many remote areas of the country to assure people of his government’s commitment to restoring long- neglected services.
“Our government cannot deliver miracles in this short time but we have identified several priority areas that we will concentrate on to improve the livelihood of our people,” Mr O’Neil said in Menyamya on Sunday.
“These priority areas are free Education, improved quality of healthcare, efficient delivery of law, order and justice services and improved development and maintenance of economic infrastructures,” he said.
When delivering his address at Menyamya station Morobe Province, last Sunday, Mr O’Neill said human resources development is vital in most developing countries.
That is why the O’Neill Namah government has put free education amongst its top priorities.
Mr O’Neill said the government will strengthen the education system in 2012 with an additional budget allocation of K400 million on top of the initial free education appropriation of K300 million in last month’s supplementary budget.
He said health is another priority area which the government is closely looking at to ensure basic services such as the delivery of medicines reach all the districts throughout the country.
Maintenance of law, order and justice is important in fighting corruption in the country. Mr O’Neill said his government will continue to investigate and weed out corrupt people and lock them behind bars if they are found guilty of misusing public monies earmarked to deliver vital services to people out in the rural communities.
The Prime Minister committed K12 million for a Hydro power supply plant and assured the people that his government will find K20 million in the 2012 budget to upgrade the road from Menyamya to Lae

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