Prime Minister and Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill wants an end to individual interest undermining good governance in Southern Highlands and for leaders to work together for the people.
O’Neill said this yesterday after attending the first provincial executive council (PEC) meeting since last year’s elections.
Following the swearing-in of the council, O’Neill commended the new provincial administrator and police commander for maintaining peace and stability.
“After the election, we saw displays of reckless self-interest by some individuals and this undermined stability in the province,” he said.
“With the new provincial executive council, we will see positive changes and development once again in Southern Highlands.
“I call on all public servants to focus on the task of restoring service delivery and to step up efforts to deliver better education, health services and public infrastructure. “Individuals who continue to try to undermine good governance by acts of self-interest, with no regards for welfare of the province, will not be tolerated.
“The people of this province are more important than individual interest, and we will ensure the welfare of the people is taken care of through the new council.”
O’Neill said there were better ways to solve differences than destroying public property in which so much had been invested to improve the livelihoods of the people.
“All leaders must set aside their differences and put the people first, it is because of the people that they were elected,” he said.
“Leadership is not about winning, it is about demonstrating leadership through the right attitude and actions.
“Leadership is about humbleness and serving our people by delivering services that changes lives.”