In a media conference today, the Minister Hon. Sam H Basil announced the appointment of Mr. John Avira is now the new Secretary for the Communication, Information and Energy.
Mr. Avira was appointed by the National Executive Council for a 4 year period.
Mr Basil in a media convention mentioned Mr Avira was amongst 5 candidates for the place however the NEC made the choice to have a ‘hands on man’ who will get his hands dirty on the job.
Minister added that Mr Avira has a wealth of expertise with Telikom where he rolled out Vsat satellite project and when he was with PNG Power carried out rural electrical energy to the districts.
Mr Avira thanked the Minister for the Government\'s confidence in appointing him as Secretary.
Mr Avira also thanked the outgoing Acting Secretary Mr. Shongol for his contribution in just four months as Acting Secretary and added that he is prepare for the challenge and to work closely with his fellow staff to drive the government objectives forward.