The National, Monday, May 2, 2011
Minister for Communications and Information and Member for Kokopo, Patrick Tammur is back and determined to implement projects in his district.
Tammur arrived at Jackson Airport last Friday where he was welcomed by members of the Kokopo joint district planning and budget priorities committee, secretary for Department of Communication and Information, Henao Iduhu and NBC acting managing director Memafu Kapera.
An emotional Tammur broke down, saying he did not expect a reception by members of the two committees.
“I want to assure the people of Kokopo that after two months, I am back to resume my responsibilities to bring back services, even if I am now only walking on one leg,” he said.
“When I left the country I was walking with both my legs but doctors in Singapore advised that if I had kept my left leg, I would have died and so it had to be to be amputated.”
He said not long ago, there was plenty talk and critics regarding the K125 million he had secured for community infrastructure projects in his district and assured the people of Kokopo that the money was not parked with district administration.
The sole authority rested on him as chairman of JDPBPC.
“We are only recipients of such projects, we have no say, as the authority is with other organisations and I want to make it clear to East New Britain and Kokopo that I have secured funding already,” he said.