The National, Monday February 24th, 2014
PUBLIC servants in East New Britain have been challenged to use a K1 billion from the Government over the next four years to change the lives of the people.
Acting provincial administrator Akuila Tubal told public servants in Gazelle district during the provincial 2014 budget implementation consultative workshop on Tuesday at Vudal, the amount would consist of district and local level government services improvement programme funds over the next four years.
“One billion kina over the next four years is a lot of money so let us try and create some impact for the good of our people,” he said.
Tubal stressed the need for public servants to start planning properly now.
“Towards the end of last year, I was amazed at the number of late claims coming to my office from the districts and this year the flow should be steady,” he said.
“From this conference, we should be able to start programming the implementation programme so that by the end of the year we are not rushing.”
Tubal said the provincial administration structure was undergoing review to improve communication among public servants and boost service delivery.
He was concerned about overhead costs such as maintaining the provincial administration’s transport fleet and other services.
He urged district administrators and LLG managers to work on realistic budget plans for next year that must meet the people’s expectations.
“I will be checking on my deputies if they are liaising with public servants to ensure that this is done.”