The National, Monday 22nd April 2013
By ARMSTRONG SAIYAMA
THE government is committed to creating access to services and investments for the people, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.
He said last Thursday at the Jackson International Airport that people in rural and urban areas would access government’s services and investments.
“Our people’s desire to see and experience tangible developments will add value to their lives. This is the passion and commitment of my government,” O’Neill said.
He said the government recognised the challenges of maintaining the country’s infrastructure .
“Past experience has failed, resulting in the massive deterioration of essential infrastructure,” he said.
“We must re-structure and re-model the way we do things.”
He said the government’s reform was to ensure essential infrastructures were available to people at a standard that was safe and a quality that endured.
He said the government would create sustainable means to develop, maintain and manage essential infrastructures.
“My government’s decision on the consolidation of state-owned enterprises in petroleum assets, mining assets and in state-owned enterprises is an example of this drive,” O’Neill said.
He said the government’s objective was to maximise benefits so that the state would undertake vital developments in the country.
“This framework will give greater commercial capacity to focus on maximising return on these assets for the benefit of the people,” O’Neill said.