Central Provincial Government Presents a Cheque of K280,000 as counterpart funding for Rural Service Delivery Project

By: PNG Business News May 24, 2023

Photo: Central Governor Hon. Rufina Peter presenting the Cheque of K280,000 to Minister for Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs Hon. Soroi Eoe witnessed by government dignitaries​​​

The Central Provincial Government has facilitated yesterday (18th of May, 2023) at Crown Hotel with a cheque of K280,000 for their 4 districts including their 5083 wards to help improve its communities access basic infrastructure and services through the Rural Service Delivery Project. 

The Rural Service Delivery Project is sanctioned and implemented by the  Government of Papua New Guinea under the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs through World Bank's credit facility and the Australian Government's grant for a period of five years. 

Present to witness this ongoing 5 year project to become a reality where stakeholders including Member for Kikori and Minister for Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, Hon. Soroi Marepo Eoe and dignitaries from the Central Provincial Government and Department of Provincial and local Government Affairs. 

Central Governor Honorable Rufina Peter was pleased to see stakeholders present for the occasion and emphasized the importance of the RSD project which is a community oriented project involving the community to participate in basic services and infrastructure developments lacking in their community. 

"We are talking about taking back Papua New Guinea well this RSD Project is a community based initiative where communities take part in development by doing so we are leaving no one behind " said Governor Peter. 

Minister for Department of Provincial and local Government Affairs Honourable Soroi Eoe thanked the Central Provincial Government for taking the lead in the RSD project as Central Province was so far a successful recipient in previous projects received along with East New Britain Province, Chimbu Province and Western Province. 

"With the experience received by our madam governor for Central Province as a former project Manager for RSDP I believe that this counter funding will go a long way with the support of my ministry taking the lead in establishing key projects in the Central Province ", stated Hon. Soroi Eoe.

Also present to give his support for the RSD project was Member for Rigo Honourable Ano Pala who pledge to make funding available for this project to become a reality under his district of Rigo in the Central Province. 

"I thank the Honourable Governor of Central Province in facilitating this great initiative and I as the member for Rigo pledge my support in working with the good Governor's office for vital projects in my district to become a reality" stated honourable Ano Pala.

Koiari President Mr. Willie Wavi shared his experience in benefiting from the previous 5 year project with an establishment of a solar power project in the Koiri LLG which is now currently benefiting the people.

"I am happy to witness this occasion and have benefited in the previous RSD Project all it takes is commitment and involving the community with an initial sweat equity contribution by the community,” said Mr. Wavi.

All local Level ward councils in Central Province present at the occasion pledged their support in participating meaningfully by identifying key community based projects that will benefit their respective wards.

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