PNG GIVES $52 MILLION TO ENGA PROVINCE

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First time the province received a boost

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, February March 1, 2009) – The people of Enga province for the very first time received a boost of more than K137 million [US$52 million] from the National Government.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare yesterday presented cheques to the six MPs from the province, including Governor Peter Ipatas, after the National Executive Council and provincial executive consultative meeting in Wabag.

The NEC members, MPs, top bureaucrats and the public witnessed the presentation of the cheques at the Wabag Primary School.

The provincial government was given K10 million, Laiagam-Porgera K36.9 million, Kandep received K30 million followed by Wabag Central with K25.8 million, Wapenamanda with K22.6 million and Kompiam-Ambum was given K12.7 million.

Sir Michael told the MPs and people that the money came from last year’s supplementary budget and this year’s development budget.

He committed another K2 million for the Yangis to Angurum (Angoram) road in the East Sepik province.

He also committed another K400,000 for two double classrooms for Wabag Primary School and another K200,000 for the public library in town.

Sir Michael said this money would come from the Prime Minister’s discretionary fund.

The Prime Minister also told

the people that he was giving a lot of money to the province and urged them not to fight and spoil the education of their children but to live peaceful lives and enjoy the services that would be delivered.

He urged the MPs to work closely with one another and use the funds wisely while delivering the services.

He also challenged Mr Ipatas to work with the Open Members from the province.

Mr Ipatas said that during his 12 years in politics as a governor, he never saw any Government coming to his province and giving such assistance.

He told the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and the public that there was no political in-fighting in the province.

He said with such a large amount of money, they must change the province and bring more goods and services to the people.

Mr Ipatas also appealed to his people not to fight and lead peaceful lives.

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