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Date Posted: Sun, Apr 01 2007, 11:58:14pm
Citizens of Lagaip/Porgera:
I'm campaigning on behalf of my father (Philip Kapusa Kikala) for the Lagaip/Porgera Open seat 2007 because I believe in him. I never fully appreciated what my father was up to in politics as a former top bureaucrat under the Morauta government (National Planning Secretary 2000-2003), until recently (when I, myself, am currently doing a PhD in Economic Development & Infrastructure at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.)
PK is the hottest candidate for the Lagaip/Porgera Open seat but I humbly continue to ask for your moral and electoral support! A vote for PK is a vote for Agriculture Development. PK is the author of the Nucleo Enterprise Agriculture program currently utilized inadequately by the incumbent Somare government. The goal of the policy is to mobilize national resources (i.e. labor, land capital, finance) in order to utilize vast estates of land resources in PNG and expand agricultural harvest by providing village landowners with capital such as fertilizers, machinery, etc. Greater harvest and attempts to establish communication and markets through and between recognized retailer outlets and crop buyers is essential to boost the sale of agricultural commodities (e.g. coffee, tea, and pyrethrum) to international markets. To achieve this through efficient and long-term usage of foreign bilateral/multilateral aid finances (e.g. Asian Development Bank) requires intelligent planning and visionary foresight to avoid further government debt and pursue effective economic growth.
Here, in rich nations such as Japan, FOOD SECURITY is a major concern and the Japanese (or other rich country consumers) are very conscious of the food quality imported from doubtful sources as China. They believe products from such countries (e.g. China) excessively utilize chemically enhanced pesticides that tend to ruin the quality of natural food crops, and consequently, affect human health. Imagine the money PNG could make in terms of millions of dollars, or the incomes for rural people (like our unemployed youths and relatives) if we could create an active and productive agricultural workforce with complementary market networks in our rural areas! Imagine how many Engans in POM, Lae and Mt. Hagen would return back to their villages and homelands to grow crops!! And imagine the benefits of telecommunications for most or if not ALL villagers through the access of mobile telephones in Enga (as I, Stephen P. Kikala, have advocated for using the media time and time again!).
Why do we have rapid urbanization in POM, Lae and suburban centers when really gold can be discovered on our own customary grounds?? What will we the local custodians of land do when the unsustainable mineral and petroleum industry led by Porgera Gold, Lihir Gold, OK Tedi Mines, Kutubu Oil, and Ramu Nickel shut down?? What next?? Do we loose our jobs only to return to deteriorated land and live in impoverished conditions where our children cry begging for food each day, or should we flock to expand squatter settlements in the slums of Lae and Port Moresby! Remember, overpopulation and pollution is a problem for both rural and urban areas in PNG!
People, we need visionary leaders like PK to lead this nation. He is an Honors Economics graduate from UPNG (1977-1981) with two Masters Degrees in Economics (England-Norwich Uni-1983-84) and Rural Development (Canada-Carleton Uni-1987-88). He has the planning experience at the provincial (Enga) and national level to lead this nation. You are leaving the country in the safest hands by giving him your vote!
So before you write that number 1 on the ballot paper, think about what's best for yourselves, our people and country for the short and long term! Either we become beggers or income-earners on our own land! As an intellectual like PK, I ask you to vote for none other than Mr. PHILIP KAPUSA KIKALA for Lagaip/Porgera Open 2007!! He has the experience, knowledge and wisdom to lead our electorate and to cause that vital change our country needs!
Stephen P. Kikala aka KLagaipT3
(BEcB-UPNG, MBA-Waseda Uni)
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