Itaki replaces Reuben Akia, who was acting on the position since 2018.
Itaki is from from Wapenamanda District in the Enga Province and has served in the public service for over 16 years.
He served as executive manager to the Office of Secretary and recently got appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary for Community Development in the Department for Community Development and Religion.
He recently attained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Korea.
His appointment is effective as of 28th March, 2019, as publicised in the National Gazette NO: G245 of 29th March 2019.
When asked what the new focus of the NYDA is, Itaki said: “We will have to align all activities to other sectoral youth interventions programs”.
“One of the immediate priorities is to align the work plan of NYDA to the Ministry’s flagship program in the District Community Development Centres (DCDC). Youth program will now be visible in the Districts through this intervention and we must set our target for it.”
(Reuben Akia, left, handing the keys over to Joe Itaki)