A TOTAL of 18 church-based ministries and youth groups in the National Capital District are proud recipients of music instruments, courtesy of the National Capital District Commission.
Governor Powes Parkop made the presentations.
“As your Governor, I am glad to be presenting these instruments to the 18 groups who have had their applications carefully screened and processed,” Mr Parkop said.
“You should be happy that you have been selected only because of the kind of awareness programmes that you are involved in throughout the city.”
The musical instruments were funded through Mr Parkop’s electoral development fund to help church groups and unemployed youths.
Mr Parkop said the Government had allocated only K1 million as the provincial support grant to his office compared to the much higher amounts given to the open members, making it a challenging task for his office to distribute to the people and where it would be fully utilised.
He said the Motu-Kotiabu people, who are traditional landowners of Port Moresby, would be presented with several dinghies and motors on Dec 16 as part of this initiative, while some of the money from the grant was given earlier to the early childhood education project and the Don Bosco Technical Institute to improve learning standards for students.
“The funding is taken from the provincial support grant which is used in providing service and development for the people and what you are witnessing today is one form of that delivery,” Mr Parkop told the gathering at the Ela Beach amphitheatre last Thursday.
He said these church-based groups were going into settlements and carrying out evangelistic work and community service, while others were unemployed youth groups who used their musical talents to earn money.
These instruments would further enhance their efforts, leading into the Christmas celebrations and the New Year.