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Friday, July 22, 2011
Chan urges his people to be self-reliant
MP Chan speaking during the launch of the community projects at Muliama.
NAMATANAI MP Byron Chan has urged his people to be self reliant and not to rely entirely on government handouts.
He made the call following the recent launch of two community projects in the Namatanai Local Level Government (LLG).
The two projects include the newly established aid post in the Muliama community and a three classroom building at Lipek, Susurunga and Tanglamet constituency at the expense of the respective local communities.
“I’m happy to see that at least people are now beginning to take responsibility upon themselves to move away from the traditional mentality of waiting for government services to be delivered at their door steps,” he said.
Mr Chan further noted that if communities need real development at the local level, they need to organise themselves first and work collaboratively to bring about services to better their lives.
The MP praised both communities for their commitment and dedication towards having basic services closer to their communities and especially the communities of ward 17 and 28 of the Namatanai LLG for contributions towards development.
“Both the Muliama aid post and elementary classroom where initiatives of the respective communities that wanted the services closer to home. This was the community’s efforts towards having better services for women and children and I applaud such community programs,” Mr Chan said.
The MP also stressed that all LLG’s in Namatanai district had already been given K2 million in District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and K2 million in royalties from 2007 to 2011.
He further committed K70,000 towards the Muliama growth centre concept which will service nearby communities and people traveling in from Anir and Konoagil LLGs.
Meanwhile, the Lipek elementary school has also benefited from the assistance by governor Sir Julius Chan and MP Byron Chan of which the MP committed K50,000 towards the Lipek health centre maternity ward and maintenance program as well as a truck for Lipek and Warangansau top-up schools in the Namatanai LLG.