By GABRIEL LAHOC
SALAMAUA has been hailed as the leading local level government in the Huon Gulf district of Morobe province, ahead of Morobe and Wampar districts.
Huon Gulf district administrator Tony Ase announced that this was the result of understanding and cooperation between politicians and bureaucrats within the district’s administration.
Mr Ase said this at the graduation of 35 village birth attendants in Buakap village in Salamaua where he was a guest speaker.
He was accompanied by Salamaua LLG president and former Morobe premier Joshua Haggai and LLG
manager Joe Paru.
The district administrator said the cooperation between politicians and bureaucrats, as well as the the initiatives by local communities to help themselves, had been an encouraging factor to leaders to pursue development goals for the LLG.
Mr Paru commended the strong political leadership of Mr Haggai, describing him as “an experienced national leader and politician”.
“Although politics can be up and down at each level, the top performance and cooperation by the administration leads to development,” Mr Haggai said.
He had released K1,000 each to the 17 wards from his unconditional grant.
“This is the year of implementation at the LLG level, and this administration is focusing more on the health sector,” Mr Ase said.
He also acknowledged the contribution of the Lutheran church in the district.
He announced that all aid posts in Salamaua would be re-opened with health workers to be recruited as staff to provide services to the people.
It was also revealed that community health workers’ salary level-711 under the provincial government would be improved to the National Government level of 282, meaning they will now be paid by the Government.