Governor Muthuvel made these remarks after presenting a budget of K245.37 million to Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, in Port Moresby.
With the theme; ‘Promoting Rural Empowerment through Inclusive Opportunities’, Muthuvel said the 2019 Provincial Budget is the most fairly distributed in terms of addressing capacity and development needs in the 12 LLGs as identified and directly nominated by LLGs.
The K245.37m (K245,267,925m) Budget represents an increase of about 17.7 percent from the 2018 Provincial Budget figures.
“This year’s budget is fair which sees an increase of about 17 percent from the previous.
“The Budget is structured in a way that will capture all the 12 LLGs in the province with tangible developments.”
Governor Muthuvel added that the province has missed out on many opportunities in the past, which is affecting the lives of people, especially those in rural areas.
“We cannot repeat the same mistake as of last year where we missed so many opportunities that prolonged basic services to our province.”
Meantime, Talasea MP Francis Maneke, who also collectively put in the district budget with the Provincial Budget, commended the Governor and pledged to support him for the good of the province.
“I commend the Governor for putting together this Budget which is in line with the Talasea district visions and plans to deliver to the rural people,” says Maneke.
Muthuvel said this year’s revenue estimate of K77.5m will be generated from the Internal Revenue Commission and K166.3m from both the national and recurrent grants.
(File picture of West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel)