Additional K4million to improve ENB services

National, Normal

ALL four districts in East New Britain (ENB) are to be given another K4 million each to improve their capacity to deliver services to the people.
The funds are in addition to the K10 million given to each district last year under the Somare-Temu Government.
The ENB provincial administration secured K4 million for each district in the province as part of its roll-out capacity building.
The funds were secured last year through a separate submission to cater for the new administrative restructure focusing on the district and local level governments (LLG) to deliver the aspirations of the people.
The funding, under the district services improvement programme (DSIP), would be made available this year to improve the capacities at the district and LLGs.
During a visit to Kokopo district last week, deputy administrator Policy Planning and Evaluation Bernard Lukara said the funds were available and should be released to Kokopo, Rabaul, Gazelle and Pomio this year.
Before the funds are released, acquittals from the K10 million allocated last year would have to be dealt with, he said.
Kokopo district administrator Col. John Porti said his district had submitted the acquittals for last year and welcomed the news that it would be one of the first districts to implement on improvement of its capacity.