It was all jubilation and celebration during the Christmas and New Year periods for the people of Talasea in west New Britain province as local member and Deputy Speaker of National Parliament Francis Marus presented cheques totaling 13.4 million kina as Christmas and New Year gifts to his people.
Three government and mission run institutes in the Talasea districts of West New Britain Province were proud recipients of the money from the National Government through the member whom with his JDP & BPC members personally presented the money to the people at Hoskins and Kimbe town.
Kimbe General Hospital received the highest amount of 7.4 million as a new year present from the member for the construction of a new maternity ward, an Operating Theater and a nursing quarter for nurses and sisters.
United Church Malalia High School in the Hoskins area received 4 million as a Christmas present while Hoskins Secondary School received 1.8 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of its existing facilities for the premier secondary school in the province.
Not only were the monies were presented to the institutions, a registered and well established cooperative society at Voloka also in the Hoskins LLG received two hundred thousand kina from the member to expand their business operations.
While presenting the money to the institutions the member told the cheering crowd that it was a first time for a National Government to recognize the people of Talasea and West New Britain by giving more money to the people in a short period of time.
Marus said the government's millennium development goal was to alleviate poverty and increase the standard of living in the communities. The MP said the government under the leadership of Chief Somare was doing everything to bring our standard of living to the next level.
He said within the next few years a lot of changes will take place and urge the people not be lazy and wait for the government handouts. He said people must work extra hard in order to get government services, "Get together and come up with ideas where you can change your community. If you develop and come up with constructive ideas" then you will get my help" the member said.
He said the government comprises many young vibrant leaders who put the country first and with the best captain it was lucky for him and Governor Peter Humprey to be part of the crew. The member also acknowledges some tireless professionals from the province who put in a lot of time and effort to scope and develop project documents for each project. He said without them this won't be possible.