The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013
By CLEMENT KAUPA
HUON Gulf MP Ross Seymour and his district officials went on a shopping spree in Lae yesterday, spending more than K2 million.
Nine KwikBuilt houses, four vehicles and two heavy roadwork machinery were bought for the people of Huon Gulf by the first-term MP.
The houses are the first in a batch of 20 that will accommodate district officers and their families.
The building components will be transported to Wampar LLG station where they will be assembled.
“I want them to live comfortable lives so that they can better serve the people,” said Seymour when presenting a number of cheques totalling K541,981 to KwikBuilt general manager PC Groenewald at the company’s Snakebar premises.
And district administrator Robin Bazzimic said they were looking at procuring more land in the area to prepare for the construction of the district headquarters later in the year.
A 15-seater bus, a ute and two 10-seater Toyota Landcruisers were purchased for K372,093 from Boroko Motors.
That also included two outboard motor boats bought earlier.
“It is a JDP&BPC decision to boost the district fleet so district officers won’t have the excuse that there is no vehicle,” Seymour said.
“It will empower staff to do what needs to be done for the district,” Bazzimic said.
Topping off the heavy purchases, the MP bought a grader and a backhoe for more than K1.1 million from Hastings Deering.
According to Bazzimic, the roads of Salamaua-Hote, Seafu-Siare-Mamabogaba (Wampar) and Siu-Pema in Morobe will finally get much-needed attention after years of neglect.
“These roads have been left unattended for too long and I have used them in my campaign so we have to start somewhere to fix them up,” Seymour said.
“I won’t offer five-star services but the basics to kick-start implementing our other bigger plans because it is the year of implementation.”