The National, Monday, June 6th 2011
By ZACHERY PER
THE district services improvement programme (DSIP) will continue to be funded by the national government even beyond 2012, Finance and Treasury Minister Peter O’Neill says.
The programme has effectively brought services to the district level, he said at Tairora High School in Obura-Wonenara district last Friday.
“The national government will continue to make money available for DSIP even beyond 2012, because it was a good initiative which results in services coming right down to the districts,” O’Neill said.
He urged the people of Obura-Wonenara district to look after the new vehicles that was also presented by their MP John Boito.
He said for the first time in 35 years, law and order, education, health, roads and bridges “are getting much needed support”.
“We are still committed to continue DSIP for the 89 districts as there is political stability in the country,” O’Neill said.
“We experienced economic growth for the past eight years, the size of the growth will continue to increase, so I appeal to the people to elect good leaders in the 2012 elections to maintain the good economic growth and stability.”
He said a sovereign welfare fund would be created to provide funding for five main priority areas of education, health, law and order, agriculture and economic activities with transport infrastructure.
“Beyond 2012, there will be many changes coming to the districts, to benefit from these we must have good leaders, I appeal to the people of Obura-Woenara district to support your MP who is delivering services,” O’Neill said.
Boito supported the call for all educated elites in Obura-Wonenara to put politics aside and support him to deliver services.
He said there was one more year left for him to serve the people, calling for support from all sectors of the community.
Boito presented Toyota Dyna trucks – one for Tairora High School and six to women’s groups – a new fully-kitted police vehicle with three automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
Other vehicles were six ambulances, one LandCruiser for education, two for the district administration and two tractors for Nori-Kori rice project, with four rice cutting and planting machines.
Boito urged the recipients to use the vehicles for the purpose intended to serve the people and not to misuse them.