District development authority welcomes new chairman

National
Source:
The National,Friday July 1st, 2016

RE-ELECTED Samarai-Murua MP Gordon Wesley was sworn in as the new chairman of the district development authority (DDA) in Alotau yesterday.
Two new board members, Manaroi Ulupa and Elijah Guwama were also sworn in.
Other members are Kuli Ben, Esko Wesley and Amos Gade. Jerome Banafi and a women’s representative will be sworn in at a later date.
Wesley said the DDA would proceed with meetings and put their financial plans in place in terms of implementation of projects.
He said the district had K9 million in its account.
“I will have to rescind some decisions made by the previous acting chairman that are not good for the district so that I can go along with the wishes of the people as requested during the recent by-election.”
Wesley was ousted by a court of disputed returns in 2014 over allegations of bribery during the 2012 general elections.
Wesley said his priority would be to alleviate the suffering of his people affected by the recent drought and to rebuild the districts infrastructure damaged by cyclone Ita in 2014.
He said the Government  has fulfilled his financial request with K2 million for drought relief – to be given soon.