Robert Agarobe

Governor aims for a ‘smarter Central Province’

The new governor, who has only been in the position for just over six months, says Central Province must look forward to major changes come 2018 onwards.

The Governor said Central has been lacking the drive for a proper push for economic boost – this needs to change.

“With economic power comes political power.

“There needs to be much more contribution towards economic drive.”

Agarobe said following the announcement of the budget, it is appropriate to say that Central Province will see the much-needed improvement.

Kwikila secondary to be renovated: Agarobe

This was recently revealed by Central Governor Robert Agarobe during a tour of the school.

He said Kwikila secondary has been operating for over 20 years, and many of the structures, including dormitories and classrooms, have seen better days.

The governor noted that he could still see some classrooms which were built more than 20 years ago, still standing albeit in a worse state.

Being a former student himself, the governor was appalled at the state of the infrastructure.

VIDEO: Agarobe calls for a united Central

These were his remarks during the recently held Central Provincial Day held in Port Moresby.

 

Carolyn Ure with more 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start thinking Central Province: Agarobe

This was the message from Governor for Central Province, Robert Agarobe, during yesterday’s Central Provincial Day at the Sir John Guise stadium.

Since the concept of hosting provincial days was adopted in 2012, the Central Province Students Association of UPNG has always been in the frontline in getting the event organised for their province.

Governor Agarobe thanked the students’ association and welcomed everyone that attended.

Central Governor encourages team work

 

Governor Agarobe met with the Chief Executive Officers of the five districts recently, and said it was important to know his team and develop a common interest in serving the people of Central Province.

The Central Governor was keen on an open door policy, where any member of the Provincial Management team can talk to him about matters affecting their people, so that change can happen.

He also shared plans of rebranding the province, where any requests or proposals from districts and communities, must come direct from the office of open members only.

Market access for locals

He says his people struggle to bring their produce into the city to sell, but this time he plans on cutting off that burden by creating intervention measures at the district level.

This was one of his many agendas highlighted during the official swearing in ceremony of Central Province leaders into the provincial assembly yesterday.

The Central Governor, along with the other 4 national Central province leaders, were officially welcomed to the Central Provincial Assembly.

Temu pledges to support Agarobe

During the swearing in ceremony of the Central Provincial Assembly, Temu reassured the Governor that he will support the vision he has for the province.

Temu, who is in his fourth term as Abau MP, said during his political career, he has not witnessed any cooperation between Central Province MPs.

However, he said he already sees a change coming with Agarobe at the helm and with their support, will develop the province in unison.

Governor Agarobe’s ultimate vision is for an economically independent Central Province.

Economic independence for Central Province

Speaking following the swearing in of himself and four other MPs into the Central Provincial Assembly, Agarobe said he wants to ensure that the province is financially independent.

The Open members include Abau MP Sir Puka Temu, Kairuku-Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo, Goilala MP William Samb and Rigo MP Lekwa Gure.

Agarobe highlighted three major reforms that he envisions will transform the province in a major way.

Agarobe urges Papuan leaders to stand together

In a statement, the Governor said: “Here in Central Province, the people have been clear in their choice of leadership. Out of the five members elected to Parliament, only one affiliates with the Alotau camp, and that is the member re-elect for Abau, Sir Puka Temu. 

“We have each campaigned to get mandate from our people to serve them, but let us be united to serve them.

“We must act and act as a team to restore a government for all that’s serious about real and equal service delivery.”

Agarobe tightlipped on joining camps

Agarobe said after his declaration that he has already been approached by parties and camps but did not give much away.

“At the moment, (there’s) no confirmation yet. It depends but I can’t talk about it yet,” said Agarobe.

However he said he has always known what he would do.

“I’ve always had a pan and it’s in line with my campaign plan. When I ran my campaign, we had a plan in place.”

One of the first things Agarobe will look into is the Administrative process.