New member-elect for Moresby North-West Lohia Boe Samuel and National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop have committed to forge a collaboration to deliver much-needed services in the electorate during the balance of this term of Parliament.
Both leaders made the commitment when speaking at the City Hall Annex during Samuel’s swearing-in as the commissioner of the NCDC Board. His Honour Magistrate Garry Unjo officiated the instrument of the swearing-in.
NCDC Board Chairman, Governor Parkop welcomed and congratulated the new MP and commissioner to the board.
Governor Parkop said former MNW MPs did not partner with him to deliver goods and services to the people.
He added the commitment announced would mean a paradigm shift in service delivery.
“Us working together to deliver outcomes for the people of Moresby North-West is the most paramount of priorities. We are one team and we need to deliver together,” said Mr Parkop.
Commending the city administration for their support to the new member, he said the people expected the mandated leaders to work in partnership during this short period of time until the next elections.
City Manager Bernard Kipit also said that the new member represented a very important constituent in NCD that is home to a very huge number of city residents.
Member Samuel said his election marked a special occasion for the indigenous people, because it has been 40 years, since they last had a voice in the national parliament in 1982 when the late Mahuru Rarua Rarua was a member of parliament.
He invited Governor Parkop to join him in visiting Hanuabada, Tatana and Baruni villages to gain first-hand information on what needs to be done.
Mr Samuel outlined that infrastructure development and economic stimulus package topped his priority list.
“It’s a great challenge given the short space of time, but we must rise up to the challenge. I owe it to the people of this electorate,” said Samuel.