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Subject: The FACTS from the Office of the Lagaip-Porgera MP!


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KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2007, 11:30:54pm
In reply to: Enga Ombudsman 's message, "Kikala not serving people's interest" on Wed, Nov 28 2007, 03:49:43pm

Dear esteemed citizens of Lagaip-Porgera, Engans, and Papua New Guineans of the Forum;

Please do not consider the unfounded accusations of this imbecile who hides by the name "Enga Ombudsman". (After my repeated and explicit explanations, one wonders how this so-called tertiary student entered a university considering his lack of comprehension for basic reasoning.)

Here are the facts from my conversation with the Lagaip-Porgera MP and Vice-Minister for National Planning & Rural Development (Hon. Philip Kikala) on November 20, 7PM PNG time (6PM Japan time).

1) Mr. Kikala NEVER donated K5000 to Mr. Donald Kaiwi (Mr. South Pacific) at the fundraiser as the media implied. It is not surprising considering the amount of erroneous reporting committed by the media recently that they have mixed up the facts altogether. Mr. Kikala only contributed K1000 as it was the normal amount expected of all NA-elected MPs. The wealthier Minister for Works and Kandep MP Don Polye, who served as state minister for 5 consecutive years, was generous and donated the alleged amount (K5000).

2) The Department of National Planning and Rural Development would NEVER acquit funds for such non-electoral expenses relating to personal donations. Rather, the budgeted K10 million for each electorate has been allocated specifically for rural development projects. There are criterias and procedures that have to be followed before funds to the tune of K5000 can be released. Mr. Kikala, above all citizens and MPs, knows this as he was one of the engineers who created and merged the Office of Rural Development. Understanding the plight of the rural sector, he initially urged the government to increase rural development funds for electoral projects alone. K5000 is a considerable amount deserving scrutiny and due process, hence it would be IMPOSSIBLE to acquit funds for such purposes. Even if Enga Ombudsman is implying that the donation came from the MP's entire pay packet, than I would most certainly be surprised considering the accumulated post-election debts and expenses e.g. flying and shipping supporters back home.
http://www.thenational.com.pg/082907/nation11.htm

3) Mr. Kikala understands the issues affecting his electorate and knows it is one of worst electorates in the province and country in terms of social unrest, rising HIV/AIDS cases, lowest literacy rating, poverty, etc.. And he has already developed a 5 year plan which includes a 24-hour HIV/AIDS counceling clinic to be based within the premises of the Laiagam-based Niungu Hospital and Paiam Hospital (via PJV assistance), and the facilitation of police in the electorate through housing, vehicles, patrol expenses (fuel) and weaponry not to mention the return of Laiagam High School, a hyrdo-plant and pyrethrum factory. Mr. Kikala has even begun to address the issues by being physically present to thwart tribal wars in Laiagam (i.e. Wapan tribal dispute) and ordering the Enga Provincial Government to revoke all liquor trading licenses in Porgera.
http://www.thenational.com.pg/111207/Nation%2027.htm

* None of the current Engan MPs will ever assist the UPNG Enga Students' Association because past experiences have shown that there is lack of accountability and abuse of funds. I even doubt if Enga Ombudsman and his cohorts will recieve a vehicle as promised to the association by the Hon. Don Polye. Hence, I have personally taken the matter up with the Member. I would hope that other concerned MPs would follow suit. Since 2007 is on the verge of expiry, my plan is to have a UPNG Lagaip-Porgera students' HIV/AIDS awareness campaign commencing in Christmas 2008. There will be two teams based in Laiagam and Porgera respectively. They will be attached with the Laiagam and Porgera District Administration offices. We will also seek partial funding from PJV for this worthy exercise. I commend Enga Ombudsman for this idea, however, I will not involve the ESA has that will be a matter for each respective electoral MP to take up the cause. The open MPs are loners and do not function together on such matters (HIV/AIDS) inflicting the province, however, I would especially hope that Enga Governor Peter Ipatas may contribute to this umbrella students' association (ESA) at UPNG representing Enga.

* If you still feel the pains of being rejected by our Engan MPs, I would urge you to keep trying to seek funds from other sources such as notable Engan individuals, business houses and companies throughout Enga (e.g. PJV) or the National AIDS Council, Department of Health, etc. However, I challenge you to get the facts straight before running your mouth. You are in a better position to find out the facts for yourself in Port Moresby. Please let this be the close of discussion. Going further would only bore all other valued visitors of the Forum! Let us discuss more worthy issues..

KLagaipT3
28.11.2007

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Paeo
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2007, 11:03:46am

Steve,

It's good to hear a 5 year plan has been put together for the Lagaip Porgera electorate. That is the sort of planning that is needed for the progress of our electorate. Is there a possibility to get a copy of the plan once it has been completed and accepted at the District planning level?

I am especially interested in the proposed Hydro project for Laiagam due to some previous work I was involved in with a German company based in Wabag. Feasibility studies were concluded for projects around the province and I am sure the Planning office in Wabag has copies of this information.

Keep us informed.

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KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2007, 04:39:56pm

Kaim

Thanks for that information! I shall inform the MP to look into the provincial planning archives. Also, I'll see if I can get my hands on a copy of the plan. I'll let you know more in the proceeding weeks.

Steve

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Paeo
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Date Posted: Sat, Dec 01 2007, 08:08:07pm

Steve,

After all the hard campaigning by PKK to win the Lagaip Porgera seat, I suppose the next biggest challenge for PK is to be returned in 2012. That is a big challenge considering no sitting member for the Lagaip Porgera open was ever returned to Parliment for a second term in the last 5 general elections since Mark Ipu who was member for 2 terms. Gaining the trust and confidence of the mass is surely a challenge that needs PKK to plan and implement strategically. I am sure he does confides in you as you said in one of your thread so I suppose my suggestion for you to propose for the people of Lagaip Porgera is as follows.
1. Develop the Laiagam Health center to a stage where we could have couple of resident doctors and qualified nurses there. I read in a medical journal the other day of retired doctors from western countries willing to serve short terms in third world countries. There maybe be other avenues where doctors could be sourced from. I suppose that is one of the big challenges for PKK.
2. Secondly, I think PKK should look more seriously at rural electrification for the district. Energy consumption is a form of measure on the living standard around the world. Third world countries are low energy consumers basically due to the lack of it. The general trend with energy consupmtion is that once electricity is connected to an area the economy picks up in that area. More people will get into some form of economic activities which will result is improved living standards.
3. The third point is with regards to training. I think, the member should challenge Barrick Gold to assist him to set up a techincal college in the district. The current Technical Assistant (TA) training provided by PJV is a mockery to the people of Enga. The company did away with the apprenticeship training scheme and started this new scheme. Many Engans and our young people especially those from Lagaip Porgera have missed out on becoming fully pledged tradesman due to the infurior training scheme currently provided by PJV. I suppose it needs political interference to correct this big anamolity. There is a big demand for technical people around the world today and our people could have been on the world market had PJV and our past members of parliment played their part to set up a good technical college in the district or province for that matter. I believe it is not too late for this and PKK could be seen as the one to correct this.
4. There are vast areas in the district which could be used to produce organically grown food. There is a trend developing around the world today where people are paying premium prices for organically grown food. Most farmers in the western world use chemicals to grow and look after their farmed products. I suppose there is an opportunity for the member to engage the people in farming and find the appropriate market for these prodcuts using the consulates of the various countries based in POM. The land is where the people need to be, this will get people away from spending days playing cards beside road sides and wasting useful time.

I am sure there are other concerned people from our district that could contribute ideas that could benefit our people. I suppose this is our time to suport our member to help the people. Let's not waste time arguing or criticising the member, 2012 will come if we are not satisfied with his performance.

Cheers

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KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Sat, Dec 01 2007, 10:17:58pm

Paeo

Kaim, thanks indeed for those commendable words of advice. I will personally see to it that this message from you is relayed to the MP's desk. I will also have him look in on the feasibility studies you did with the German company at the Wabag planning office for rural electification. I appreciate and highly commend your constructiveness for a better Lagaip-Porgera. The MP would be happy to hear from you.

Regards.

KLagaipT3
01.12.2007

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Paeo
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Date Posted: Sat, Dec 01 2007, 11:57:08pm

Steve,

The suggestions I have put forward to you to pass on to the member are things I have had always thought I could do if I were the member for Lagaip Porgera. Now, there can be only one member at any one time so instead of letting these visions live with me, I thought I'd rather share it with you for the development of our electorate.

One other suggestion I thought could work well for the district is to engage the educated/professionals from the district to help out in infrastructure developmental projects. We have many Doctors, Nurses, Agriculturlist, Engineers, Teachers, Acountants, Economist, Lawyers, Tradesmen and people of all works of life. I am sure anyone of these people if requested through the member's office for professional assistance would be quite happy to assist. I know of many of our boys and girls from the district who would be too happy to help out. Maybe the first thing is for a survey of the available skill level within the district. The identified skill can then be contacted to help out based on the projects planned by the district planning committee.

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KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Sun, Dec 02 2007, 01:54:31am

Kaim

This is another valid point that deserves mentioning. Given the government funds available and insufficient market conditions we can do so little to sustain the cost of engaging professional Lagaip-Porgerans for the next 5 years. However, it's a good thing the government has increased rural development funding to K10 million for 2008 and I would expect this to continually rise so we can afford to engage their services and build other worthy infrastructures. State-of-the-art classrooms, hospitals, sealed roads and factories can never stand alone without the presence of highly qualified lecturers, doctors, engineers and agriculturalists running them. Intellectual and highly skilled manpower is needed to drive our electorate and province forward. Given the lack of adequate social incomes it could be an expensive exercise for the MP, provincial, and national government to annually budget for payrolls but we will attempt to analyse the socio-economic conditions and people's willingness-to-pay. The people should be prepared to pay their share of the costs of services. The government cannot afford to continually maintain such services. Hence we need to drive our policy strategically. If we can drive our agro-industrial policies home in line with the creation of other social and economic infrastructures, we can create visible incomes for our people at the end of 5 years so that they may in turn be able to afford higher costs of services. Agricultural growth through nucleus enterprise schemes, factories, and small agro-business capitalization is the key to the MP's strategy in beating poverty. However to reduce the costs, I am sure professional Lagaip-Porgerans would be willing to return and work if given the chance, regardless of the competitiveness of the wage level.

"To be a public servant is to serve."

KLagaipT3
02.12.2007

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