070417MEMBER VISITS BANA
By Aloysius Laukai
THE Member for South Bougainville, Hon. Timothy Masiu had a hectic two days of community engagements and project inspections in the Bana district of his South Bougainville electorate.
Following a busy two weeks of official duties in Port Moresby attending the final session of the Ninth Parliament, that included the farewell of the country’s funding father, Sir Michael Somare, and the national Leaders’ Summit, Mr Masiu rushed back to his electorate on Wednesday to attend to invitations and continue his community visitation program.
On Thursday, Mr Masiu officiated as the guest of honour at the official hand over and opening of a double classroom at Mungkala Primary School in Bana district. The classroom was jointly funded by Digicel Foundation and DFAT AusAID.
Mr Masiu was later accompanied by Bana district executive manager, Michael Otaroa on an inspection tour of the Tavera to Mevaraka road which is being funded the DSIP. The road leads to the proposed international wharf site at Mevaraka.
Mr Masiu was impressed with the progress of work road works being undertaken by local contractor, JSK Roads Works.
The Member was also impressed with progress on the Baretemba to Moratono roads and reconstruction of the burnt down Marau Market.
In the evening, Member Masiu became the first Member of Parliament to address students at Bana High School and gave words of encouragement as well as some fatherly advise to the students.
On Friday morning, the member addressed the public at the Bana High school junction market on request from chiefs in the area.
He was later taken to the Jaba River Project site where he met and was briefed by the company chief executive officer, and expressed support for the company.
Member Masiu then officiated at the launching of an integrated land group co-operative society at Sivele village.
Mr Masiu will spend the next three days in his electorate before travelling to Port Moresby for the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting. JSB is a body comprising technical officers from the national government and ABG who meet
and deliberate on matters relating to Bougainville including devolution of powers.