The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013
By JOHN PANGKATANA
ACTING Hela provincial administrator William Bando has praised the Government for declaring it a province so that its people can have an identity.
“It has been an honour to serve my people and I thank the pioneers of the Hela movement so Hela children can have a future,” he said.
During the transitional period under the chairmanship of Tari Pori MP James Marape, Bando and his team brought banking services to Tari for the first time in 17 years and provided power after 15 years.
Bando said he was happy with what he had done for the province and would gladly move on if not confirmed in the position by NEC.
Referring to a recent public statement by Governor Anderson Agiru, he said. “I hold no grudges and allow history to be our judges”.
“It would be nice for NEC to make an appointment from the three short-listed candidates that the PEC sat on for the last six months.”
“I do agree with Governor Agiru’s comments that the Hela people’s money must be not only be prudently managed and must be expended on achievable projects and ensuring basics first to set the scene for mega initiatives.”
Bando said he did not want to enter into a war of words.
“My role is to serve the people of Hela through my political masters and over the last 12 months it has always been Agiru,” he said.
“I’ve done the job diligently with dialogue with my masters. I’ll continue to do that in the future.”