The National, Wednesday July 18th, 2012
GOVERNOR re-elect of New Ireland Sir Julius Chan wasted no time introducing Namatanai MP Byron Chan and Kavieng’s Ben Micah in the province’s first cabinet meeting yesterday in Kavieng.
The three leaders, all in the Peoples Progress Party, made a clean sweep of the three seats in the province.
The three leaders led in their respective seats since day one of counting in the province.
“You have shown that New Ireland will not be explored covetously and you demand a government that works for the people,” Sir Julius said.He said the cabinet convened the meeting to reaffirm its commitment to the PPP government of New Ireland.Sir Julius said the next five years would be different, having two MPs as joint district planning working chairmen under a PPP government for the province.Most importantly, the people for the first time again will be well represented in the decisions of the cabinet.
“The more we work together, the faster we get there. “We want to encourage our partners, stakeholders and government entities to be in close consultation with the provincial government.”Namatanai-elect MP Byron Chan gave his assurance of his district’s alignment with the provincial government and provincial administration.Chan outlined the rehabilitation and upgrade of the rural Namatanai hospital, the West coast road, Namatanai growth centre and the drawdown in the district services improvement programme (DSIP).
He said he had already secured K2 million for the rehabilitation of the Namatanai police barracks.