The National, Tuesday July 31st, 2012
PUBLIC servants in East New Britain were allowed a day off last Friday by Governor Leo Dion as an appreciation of their tireless work during the election period.
He said it was also to thank them for the tireless efforts they put into the Warwagira and Masks Festivals.
Dion told public servants during his declaration last Wednesday that they must forget the past and look ahead.
“It is a new beginning for all of us. Let us forget about the past and move on to achieve more in the next five years,” he said.
Dion said it was time to address some pressing issues “head on” and take action when necessary.
“I have the best administration in the country even though some critics say otherwise,’’ he said.
“It is not easy to run a system that is sometimes lacking in financial resources and in other areas but I will do my best to deliver to the people.”
He said the focus of the administration now was to ensure that development moved in tandem with the programmes they had and also to strengthen institutions at the provincial government level.
He said the law must be reviewed, particularly regarding the common roll.
“There is nothing in the constitution that will push people to vote,” he said.
He said many people had their names on the rolls but never voted.