The National, Monday October 14th, 2013
ABAU district last Thursday launched its third five-year plan under the leadership of MP Puka Temu.
To launch the five-year plan in Kupiano, Abau district, was Minister for Planning Charles Abel, who was accompanied by Minster for Sports, Pacific Games and National Events Justin Tkatchenko, Rigo MP Ano Pala and Central Governor Kila Haoda.
Sir Puka said one targeted area in Abau’s five-year plan was to train public servants to improve their skills.
“To drive the five-year plan we will allocate some money from the District Services Improvement Programme (DSIP) to offer in-service training for teachers and special focus on skilling of public servants and sector mangers to improve service delivery,” Sir Puka said
He said the new five year plan had good funding and he would ensure the people of Abau got what they deserved.
“We have had two other plans but they lacked the resources back than.”
“We were fighting for resources for the past two five year plans when I came into office,” he said.
He said the government was a big help in resourcing plans such as the five year plan with a record funding down to the district level and the local level government.
“Never before has a government allocated K10 million to every district and K500,000 to every local level government,” Sir Puka said
He thanked the government for its leadership and for making it possible for such funding to reach the district level and the local level government.
“On behalf of the people of Abau, I would like to thank the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Minister for Treasury, Don Polye, Minister for Finance, James Marape and Minister for Planning and Implementation, Charles Abel.
“ It was these four leaders that have made it possible for the funding to come to the district level,” Temu said.