23 April 2015 [Source of Information: “From the Editor, Taimi ‘o Tonga Newspaper, Wednesday 08 – Tuesday 14 April 2015, page 1-3]One of the most important matters in a Government is to follow up and evaluate all works that are being done in a period of time. As the first quarter of the year has passed, a follow up and an evaluation of works is to be done especially on the first three months of the labouring of the current Government party or in other words the People’s Government.
It was a lot of work to do and heavy as well for the Government today in trying to bring to pass such matters since most issues was to renew and to refine matters from the previous Government.
Yet the new Government does not give up however. According to the Taimi ‘o Tonga Newspaper, [Wednesday 08 – Tuesday 14 April 2015, page 2], it states “There’s nothing can argue with good actions. It is a true saying “Action speaks”, as if anyone’s action speaks out, criticism ceased. In the Government, if there’s any Ministry could be rated the best, it shall be the MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE. HON. ‘ETUATE SUNGALU LAVULAVU is the Minister for this Ministry. In these three months of labouring of the current Government party, Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s Ministry became the top and remarkable Ministry since the Hon. Minister and his Ministry had been incredibly active just from the start”
These great actions and good deeds demonstrated by Hon. ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu together with his Ministry are as the same active and escalated in progress as in Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and also in Vava’u. Although, this was like a recovery for the staff of this Ministry when given the mission and vision as it explained by the “From the Editor” on the Taimi ‘o Tonga Newspaper, saved it became an inspiration for the Ministry to grow and become the best in their doings. Similar to what the newspaper mentioned, “...Lavulavu and his Ministry have followed the instructions given by the Prime Minister in establishing such vision since the beginning of the new Government party”. One of the ways which Hon. ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu and his Ministry confirmed their loyalty to the people, was to make known of their services. “There are times that talking about things became very interesting, but if there’s no action occurred, then those things aren’t important no more. But what has become significant for Hon. Lavulavu and his Ministry is that not only they provided the best accounts, but they bring to pass good actions. This is what it called “mouth and hand similarity”; to make the explanation exciting yet the action progress beyond”, described by the “From the Editor – Taimi ‘o Tonga Newspaper, Wednesday 08 – Tuesday 14 April 2015”.
Some of the important services that was done by Hon. ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu and his Ministry during the past three months of the labour of the new Government party was the completion of the constructions to houses damaged in Ha’apai by Cyclone Ian since January of last year (2014), which work supposedly be completed by the previous Government organization.
Again, another action had done by the Minister of Infrastructure (MOI), Hon. ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu was that he led out on a national clean up activity in downtown areas (Nuku’alofa) with his Ministry as one of the preparation for the King’s Coronation on July this year.
Furthermore, Hon. ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu also have highlighted a remarkable action together with his Ministry on the constructing of the Talihau Foreshore for the safety of the people of this village from the strikes of the sea waves which they have been facing for a long time now.
Not only that but it also included some road maintenance work done in Vava’u, ‘Eua and in Tongatapu as well, as most urgent needs of the people regarding road maintenance work were taken care of.
Even though plenty of needs for work to be carried out by the Ministry but it evidently show that the Honourable Minister together with his Ministry would never turn away from any issue without addressing them well, instead they will do their best to complete and to take in hand the needs of the people and the Government. Apart from this, there were other actions carried out inside the Ministry such as the renovation of the MOI Office in Vava’u and also the moving back in of some of the Ministry’s division that were located outside to set together at the Ministry’s main office in Vaololoa.
As a whole, a work was done for creating a foundation of development in Vava’u such as the bridge construction, the market, road construction, the wharf, vanilla and so forth. According to a speech mentioned by the Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on Taimi ‘o Tonga Newspaper, he said “This is one of the great and organised development taken place in Vava’u”.
Another achievement was the cleaning and clearing out of the Nuku’alofa Ports from old vessels that were grounded on some coral reefs near the island as well as for some vessels that were being scattered around the wharf.
In addition, another great accomplishment done by the current Government party was the selling of the International Dateline Hotel to the same company (Tanoa Group) that they withdrew from when negotiating with the previous Government party.
Advancing of the economic standard on money collection and revenue has started off well now, which motivates Private sectors to make changes to government business boards. There were also changes occurred on education and health and last but not the least was the approval for the people of Patangata to finally registered their homes legally in about two generations now.
These were the achievements demonstrated from a hard and diligent work done by the current Government party even though they just barely started labouring for about three months now. However on the other hand, there were also some small things to improve and to work on, for instance, some matters were questioned by some and are needed to be addressed. Overall, this evaluation for the first quarter of the year of the labour of the new current Government party, they have reached 80% out of 100% in regards to the success that have performed and only 20% which is a small percent to work on for improvement. As of now, the target of the current Government organization is pointing towards a just and an enhanced government for the people
Issued by the : Ministry of Infrastructure.