South Bougainville to transform

South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu says he will shortly be making new appointments to the District Development Authority board to scrutinise high impact projects.

Speaking during the Autonomous Bougainville Day celebrations over the weekend in Port Moresby, he also announced the re-establishment of the South Bougainville supply and tenders board.

Since getting into office during the 2016 bi-election, he has made it clear that Buin town as the capital of South Bougainville, must play an active role in service delivery.

“Our efforts have been geared into transformation, of transforming South Bougainville from a laid back and forgotten electorate, to a vibrant and progressive region of Bougainville ”  said Masiu.

He said work has already started on the ceiling of the Buin town road. There are plans for the implementation of a teachers college and he is also engaging PNG Power to look into power supply for the South.

“I have an Open door policy, for tangible development. I welcome the private sector, genuine developers, and stakeholders with a genuine interest to help develop South Bougainville.”

Masiu’s plans of unprecedented development are backed by a strategic development plan. Consultations are currently being carried out with the people of South Bougainville before the draft is finalised.

Meantime Masiu is a staunch advocator of the Autonomous region of Bougainville breaking away from Papua New Guinea.

“Bougainville must become Independent, because as long as we remain a part of PNG, we will continue to be treated the way we are being treated today by the National Government,”

Masiu was referring to outstanding payments for restoration and development grants which have accumulated to over K900 million.

Meredith Kuusa