THE Lae district administrator Buds Botikie has urged residents living at the edge of the city to take care of government facilities and their staff members.
Health, education, water and power infrastructure cost tax payers’ time and effort and money, he said.
Mr Botikie yesterday told residents of Haikost at the reopening of the health centre that the Lae district planning committee was committed to rehabilitate most of these run down facilities.
The district had spend K280,000 to improve the face of the facilities along the Miles area, focusing on health and education.
Of a total of K280,000, K100,000 was spend to maintain the Haikost health centre at Two-Mile. It had been shut down for last seven months due to harassment of health officers.
Another K100,000 was given to the Haikost Primary School and K80,000 to Four-Mile Primary School to build proper ablution blocks for the pupils.
Since the establishment of the Four-Mile Primary in the early 1990s, the pupils were using the pit latrines which at times posed hygienic problems.
“The government wants to see its people live a healthy life style in a healthy and conducive environment becoming educated citizens living in a peaceful community,” Mr Botikie said.
“Public servants, whether it is in urban or rural areas must be highly regarded, respected and taken care off.”
He said “dedicated public servants who tirelessly commit to serve people were being harassed and attacked”.
“Health and education are two fundamental elements of any development process, therefore, respect these servants and the facilities,” Mr Botikie said.
“For communities benefit, government is obliged to deliver services to your door steps; and in future, if any similar incidents happen again, all staff and facilities will be withdrawn.
“As recipients, communities at their end, have to play their roles and responsibilities to look after, take care and pay fees to receive the services provided.”