RE-ELECTED National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has set his sights on a collaborative effort by his team of newly and re-elected Members of Parliament during this five-year-term, vowing to focus on addressing squatter settlement and indigenous issues whilst continuing with the physical improvements to Port Moresby City.
Mr Parkop, re-elected for his third term in office, immediately made known his plans for the National Capital, prioritising these four areas – capital and civic improvements, squatter settlements, local Motuan villages, and anti-violence and urban safety.
“Our city is changing fast and our three main priority areas apart from the ongoing infrastructure developments are – firstly to put an end to settlements by upgrading them to suburbs where they will have the proper services of roads, drainage, water, sewage, sanitation and power supply,” he said.
“Secondly, to modernise the Motuan and Koitabuan villages as they have made huge sacrifices for the development of our city. We want to restore their dignity and pride as they also have a very rich culture that is iconic for this city.
“Thirdly, to show zero tolerance to violence at all levels,” said Governor Parkop.
He openly urged the three Members of Parliament of the Open Electorates – Moresby South, Moresby North-East and Moresby North-West – to work together with him in addressing these pressing issues and achieving results.
PHOTO CAPTION: Hanuabada, the biggest of the Motuan villages within the vicinity of Port Moresby, will take centre stage when Governor Parkop begins his implementation plans for the improvement of local urban villages within the next five years.