The National, Monday February 24th, 2014
THE Morobe provincial executive council (PEC) held its first meeting of the year in the Umi-Atzera local level government area, in Markham, as part of its obligation to meet with rural people to listen to and see their problems.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru, Deputy Governor Judas Nalau, more than half the number of the PEC members and several public servants were hosted by Umi-Atzera LLG president Daki Mao at the
nearly completed LLG chamber, on the Highlands Highway, last Saturday.
Naru said the provincial government was trying to bring the administration closer to the people.
The start of the meeting was delayed, resulting in only the first agenda of the provincial budget being discussed before the meeting was adjourned.
Next month’s meeting will be held at another location to be decided and will cover topics such as the appointment of a permanent provincial administrator.
Delegates hailed the first meeting in Markham and expressed support for PEC meetings in rural Morobe.
“We must go around the whole province and have PEC meetings,” Mao said.
Naru echoed his inaugural governor’s speech when he asked political and administrative leaders to cooperate and serve the people.
“We have to go into a new partnership in building up service and cooperation,” Naru said.
“Discrimination will not be tolerated by this government.”