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LAE PROGRESSES WITH POSITIVE PARTNERSHIPS

ACCOUNTABILITY, PRUDENT MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY LURED MORE PARTNERSHIPS FOR LAE
It has been three years since I was elected to represent my people and hometown as the Member of Parliament for Lae Open; I did not aspire to be a politician, but over 3000 women (mostly widows) paid for my nomination fee and asked me to contest. When I entered office, Lae has alot of legacy issues with bad roads, law and order, rundown clinics and classrooms among many others. Like any districts in Papua New Guinea Lae gets only K10million as DSIP funding annually. Our population is more 300,000 people and with K10million we can't solve all our problems. The Lae City Authority Act which was passed by Parliament in 2015 was pushed forward and approved to be implemented by the then O'Neill-Abel government. LCA was established with a budget of K1.5million for three years to get it off the ground. We had a lot of challenges establishing it with strong opposition from the existing Lae City Council which…

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