By ELIZABETH VUVU
EAST New Britain provincial assembly has approved a K100,000 allocation which will be used by the ENB sports development committee for the PNG Games in 2012.
The assembly also announced the appointment of the ENB PNG Games host committee comprising prominent leaders, including National Development Bank board chairman William Lamur, Simon Foo owner of the Taklam Guest House, Nick Lyons of the East New Britain Chamber of Commerce, businesswoman Fidelma Tubal, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, chairman of community youths and sports Cleopas Warpit and Kokopo town mayor Albert Buanga.
In a policy submission presented to the provincial assembly, Warpit said the National Government had come up with new initiatives to expand all sporting activities, sports development programmes and its recognition to host the next PNG Games.
He reminded the assembly that the ENB bid to host the next PNG Games was taken up on the understanding that Kokopo was representing the rest of the province in the New Guinea Islands region.
Warpit said while the bid had been endorsed, he appealed to everyone, including provinces in the NGI region to support the initiative to make the 2012 games a successful one.
Meanwhile, work on the development of the sports facility that will accommodate all the 25 codes enlisted for provinces to participate during the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo is expected to start.
East New Britain Governor Leo Dion is bidding to host the games in Kokopo which will mean work of the stadium development needed to be done quickly.