MATALAI GETS COUNCIL CHAMBER
The New Ireland Government continues to empower its local level governments with the building of council chambers across the province.
The opening of Matalai Council Chamber building on Tuesday became the fifth one.
In a media statement released by New Ireland Government, it was not just a day of celebration for the people of Matalai. Also, it was an emotional one for the clan of the late Edward Pitili.
The English Queen honoured Pitili twice with an MBE, and now stands immortalised with his name on the Pitili Council Chamber.
DIGNITARIES AND INVITED GUESTS
Public servants, government leaders and others joint the people of Matalai and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan to witness the opening of the building. Villagers also came all the way from the Konoagil, Tanir and Nimamar LLGs to witness it.
National Alliance and People’s Progress Party politics has divided the province into factions.
The absence of host Matalai LLG President Augustine Topi and six other ward members is a testament to the political differences.
Raymond Wailik – Ward 2, Levi Tomau – Ward 3, Toilas Tamkas Ward 4, Obert Tonimong – Ward 8, Lawrence Minel – Ward 9 and Erick Toarikai – Ward 10 were not present to fulfil their duties as councillors. But, the show took place without them.
However, councillors Aisoli Topiniel – Ward 1, Kawai Sian – Ward 5, John Pondrile and Sialis Demas – Ward 11 were present.
Sir J also took the opportunity to openly tell his people of his development aspirations for the area.
In addition, he pointed out where the market area his government would build. That is all within close proximity to the Tinkoris Hospital and the Pitili Council Chamber.
Works Manager Solomon Pela called on the people of Matalai not to deny that they are blessed. That is with an abundance of development right at their doorstep.
“Matalai, Namatanai, New Ireland open your ears and eyes. You are fortunate to have a visionary leader like Sir Julius Chan. Sir J formed this country and thought of you long before you were born. Do not take his leadership for granted. I have gone around this province implementing his big impact projects. I can tell you for a fact that the New Ireland Government has done a lot,” said Pela.
Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut could not make it due to duty travel obligations to Kupiano in the Abau.
Celebrations of the Opening of the Pitili Chamber Matalai Local Government continued late into the evening. That was with Choirs and Cultural performance from all over the Namatanai LLG.