The National, Monday 17th June 2013
PEOPLE in the Turubu local level government area in East Sepik have been urged to embrace development without demanding compensation from the government.
Correctional Service Commissioner Martin Balthazar told people during a reception at his Forok village in Wewak last week that he sympathised with them for missing out on essential services such as electricity.
“I recently travelled to Mt Wilhelm and as I was going through the Gembogl district, I noticed power lines running from one mountain top to another,” he said.
“This is far out of Kundiawa town but how sad for us, so close to town and only a stone throw from Brandi Secondary School and yet we don’t have any access to electricity.
“Electricity brings economic development and improves people’s standard of living so people should support such development to kick off without demanding anything from the Government.”
Balthazar hailed the Turubu LLG and its president David Kausik for implementing some key projects with limited funding.
He also thanked the Government for allocating K500,000 each to all LLGs this year.
“With money now available for our LLG we should support positive and progressive leadership to see a change in our standard of living so that we get electricity and some other services which some other LLGs more disadvantage than us have already enjoyed,” he said.
The village ceremony ended with presentation of gifts and two pigs to Balthazar and Correctional Services Minister Jim Simatab.