By GERALDINE VILAKIVA
MORE than K2 million worth of transport and building equipment were presented to the three local-level government (LLG) areas of Huon Gulf, yesterday.
The fleet, which cost a total of K2,679212.41 included motorbikes, dinghies with outboard motors, motor vehicles, ambulance and a boat.
The building materials included sawmills, funded by the Huon Gulf district joint planning and budget priority committee.
They were distributed to Salamaua, Wampar and Morobe LLGs and would be used by land mediators, primary industry officers, police personnel and other service providers in these areas.
The workboat, mv Rainforest, is already transporting villagers between Morobe coast, Salamaua and Lae, while the two PMV trucks and two sawmills had been given to the people in Wampar and Morobe LLG areas.
The funds used in buying the fleet came from the K14 million that was allocated by the National Government for the districts.
During the launching and dedication of the fleet, Huon Gulf MP Sasa Zibe said the fleet was purchased to help improve the working conditions of public servants in each of the LLGs.
“We want to ensure that government officers in the LLGs have adequate facilities that will enable them to deliver better services in health, education, agriculture and law and order to the people.
“I believe we have the capacity and capability in the province and the districts in delivering services so long as we follow process.
“By working together, bureaucrats and politicians can deliver much-needed service to the people.”
Provincial administrator Kema-sang Tomala, who was present, stressed the importance of looking after the properties.
“As public servants, the boats, motorbikes and vehicles are in our custody, they are government properties and so we must use them properly as it is for the people,” he said.
Mr Tomala warned that disciplinary action would be taken against officers who misused these government properties.
The launching was held at the Huon district office and was witnessed by the public and two MPs Kabwum PM Bob Dadae (Defence Minister) and Tewai-Siassi MP Vincent Michaels.