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


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Paeo
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2007, 11:03:46am
In reply to: KLagaipT3 's message, "The FACTS from the Office of the Lagaip-Porgera MP!" on Wed, Nov 28 2007, 11:30:54pm

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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