The National, Friday July 19th, 2013
By JOHN PANGKATANA
MORESBY Northeast MP Labi Amaiu is giving teachers in his electorate hope for the future.
As part of his five-year development plan to create and transform the identity of the people, he is now putting his “money where his mouth is” to fulfil some of his electoral promises.
Amaiu has earmarked several schools to build staff housing for.
The first school to benefit from K2 million funding approved by the Moresby Northeast joint district planning and budget priorities committee is Gordon Secondary School.
“I am taking the initiative to support growth within the schools because I see them as a key resource and one of the long term problem areas is staff housing,” he said.
“This is a major problem area that past MPs have turned a blind-eye to.
“The time for change is at hand and due to rapid development these professional people are being pushed to live in settlements and getting to work on time is a daily problem.”
Amaiu gave a cheque for K149,400 as payment for local contractor, National Construction Engineering Services Ltd (NACES) to begin work on building two staff houses at the school.
He announced he wanted to boost their information technology department with additional computers and even subsidise the employment of two additional staff.
Amaiu said other schools had already been earmarked for development and he hoped that would ease the burden that teachers in his electorate had been carrying for too long.