Kunda backs Chimbu government’s ties with churches


CHIMBU administrator Joe Kunda says the provincial government has a good relationship with churches in the province to enable it to deliver goods and services and address social and health issues.
In the presence of Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mehrra Kipefa, who was there to launch a trade testing centre for carpentry at the St Mary’s Technical School in Mingende on Monday, Kunda said: “The concept of government and church partnering to address socio-economic issues and deliver services to the people is functioning at an excellent level here in Chimbu.
“We are working hand in hand with the churches because churches are the provincial government’s only long-standing partner to deliver services like health, education, addressing law and order issues and, of course, addressing other cross cutting issues like HIV/AIDS.”
Kunda said the only viable resource Chimbu had was human resource.
“So any investment in the province concerning education always remains the provincial governments’ priority,” he said.
“Over the last eight years, we have been trying to establish technical and vocational schools for every local-level government.
“In that approach, we have upgraded Don Bosco Vocational Centre in Chimbu into a technical college, the Don Bosco Technical College.”
Kipefa commended the provincial government, saying it had a clear vision of where it was going.
“I want to work with people who have clear visions of where they want to go and Chimbu is one of those provinces,” Kipefa said.