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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 16 2007, 11:45:17am

Sunday Chronicle Feature:
By Elizah Sokape
Sunday, April 15, 2007

Connecting Wabag by roads

Wabag MP, Sam Abal focuses on connecting all rural districts in electorate by roads

ROADS and bridges are vital components of any infrastructure development in rural communities in Papua New Guinea.

It is good to have services likes schools, clinics, health centers, aid posts and other services but this would not be possible without road access. A road is a lifeline, especially for people living in isolated rural communities.

One district that has roads connecting almost all rural areas is Wabag in Enga Province.

Wabag MP and Inter-Government Relations Minister Sam Abal, the son of United Party founder and former Wabag MP, Sir Tei Abal, followed his father’s footsteps, by placing his priorities on development of roads and other infrastructures in the district.

Mr Abal’s aim is to have all rural villages connected by roads to the main highway and to have them build the road themselves.

He had allocated K1.1 million for roads this year. A total of 70 new and existing feeder roads were covered by this funding.

The money came from his District Transport Improvement Program (DTIF) funds and Discretionary Funds. A portion of the money allocated was already used on roads since January.

Mr. Abal said, though he is focusing on roads, other issues like law and order, agriculture and economic activities are not forgotten.

He told his people in a meeting at one village recently that he was in Parliament for two years (2005 –2006) after the by-election in November 2004, he has tried his best to bring some tangible developments. The minister also expressed the same in every village that he has visited including Yokota,Wapomanda and Aiyale valley during a visit to some of the newly constructed roads by the people.

Mr. Abal was accompanied by Wabag District team including Wabag District administrator, Peter Yange and Project Officer, Jerry Kaki.

The roads were built by the people using hand tools and others that they could afford. Two of the roads were built from Yokota to Pumulin and from Yalu to Wapomanda and Wabag from Aiyale valley. The road were billt across terrains and mountainous region of Wabag district.

The Yokota to Pumulin road will serve about 8,000 people while the Aiyale road serves more than 15,000. “ We did not ask for money because we know that our MP would provide the funds to help us build the roads. “ We used our own resources and built the roads without knowing how much we would be paid because we have been living without any road linkage to the Wabag town”.
The little that we get as our payment is okay so long as we have the road to the main highway”, a villager Leto Kuni told this reporter in Wabag.

He said it usually two to four hours walk from Yokota village to the Birip Lutheran Mission station where they would catch PMV’s to Wabag or Mt Hagen would now be shortened because of the road.
Aiyale valley people would now use Wapomanda road also expressed the same sentiments.

Waeyo tribe councilor, Meck Weo said his people who usually struggle to carry cash crops like coffee; banana, taro, kaukau and other garden produce to sell at Wabag market via Wapenamanda would now have easy access though Relay outside Wabag town. He thanked Mr. Abal for giving them the road.

Mr. Abal said that people of Aiyel valley have surplus garden produce, which they would now sell at the town market.

He said: “This road is very important because it is more economical for people to improve their livelihood by earning income form selling cash crops and garden produce. “ Once it is widened and filled with gravels in the second stage, people would see all kinds of vehicles traveling to serve the people and services would follow easily”

The Yokota-Pumulin cost K50,000.00 while Yalu/Wapomanda cost over K135,000.00 for the first stage.

The other feeder roads also got their slice from the K1,1 million funding allocated for their maintenance and construction.

Work on another road from Wabag to Maramuni sub-district has already started.

The road works have stopped trouble fighting in the district. A total of 18 tribal fights have stopped. Though there is possibility still for some fighting between Ambulin tribe of Wapenamanda and Wapukin tribe of Wabag district, the Wabag district which has been notorious for its tribal fights is now calm after people started realising the importance of service.

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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 16 2007, 01:43:56pm

Sorry for the reporter who quoted word for word. Should have investigated or even visited the sites first before reporting as these reports are miseading. We will find out after July if the peope of Wabag truely accepted the free handout?

Get your facts correct, Sam Abal actually budgetted and used the DSG to pay his voters who voted him in during the 2004 by-election?

The K1.1M should have been better utilized if the MP’s office can properly budget and spend on the needed impact projects.

Below is an extract from a previous correspondense....

Would you spend this type of cash payouts on unplanned projects if it was money from your own company? We preach a lot about transparency, accountability, stewardship, enterprising and ownership of peoples assets but when will we ever practice what we preach?

The people of Wabag are not fools, they can not be mislead by a desperate MP who got lost somewhere between NCD and SHP. The Engans today are more matured in politics than our people from the last century and I won't be surprised if they get those money as their ‘pinis pei’.

I hope the responsible authorities like Ombudsman and ORD can check if the peoples money is properly used. Wish the Works Dept can also check on their engineers at Wabag if these works are properly scoped and built to engineering specifications or standards. I hope my colleagues are not compromising with safety and their professionalism in the name of politics? My engineering assessment of the roads are nothing more than a catalyst for erosion..

Only to name a few, Lakemanda was given K40,000 for physically doing nothing, Aipusa was given K20,000 and the list goes on. Surprisingly, some villagers including Keas and Sari rejected what was offered because they thought they deserved more than what was offered. All other villagers from Akom to Surunki who feared free handouts pretended to do something by cleaning existing road drains, etc.

The truth is, when distributed, each individual will end up with only a K10 or K20 note but what can you buy with a Somare head these days? Good luck to us, free money, easy come, easy go!, before you know, it’s all gone???

Member, thanks for the initiative, we will come and line up at the green house again when the road drains are blocked and grasses are grown up again.


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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 16 2007, 06:00:48pm

It seems all these roads are around the Wabag district and just curious, have we planned for these roadds upgrade at this time of the year.....is this another joke!! How are these roads constructed - which road company or liklik contractor doing it..? If it's another of those free handouts, please next time be careful of what you publish ..AND ALWAYS BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU PUBLISH! It reflects on your leadership.


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Date Posted: Tue, Apr 17 2007, 08:53:41am

Sam Abal is the member for Wabag hence he rightly spent the money in Wabag district. He is not the Governor or member for another district.

However, I do not condone what he did. Those monies should be spent a long time ago, NOT in the last minute when it is time for elections. He is just buying votes and that amounts to corruption.

This shows that NA is desperate to hold onto power. Somare has approved funds left, right and centre in the last minute to ensure his NA politicians return.

The entire country is getting rid to NA candidates. Wabag district should do its part by not returning Sam Abal.


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Abal-Minian ikinigim minilam loooooo
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Date Posted: Mon, Jun 11 2007, 02:14:48pm

I agree 61 in regards to your comments regarding the power abuse by the NA government. But inside the NA team, there are some honest, humble, trustful and yet some powerful men inside the team. I think that an NA without Somare, his son, Patrick Putraich and some other crooksand would be a better NA. Vote Sam Abal in and you will see the difference in August.
Sam Abal was rated a top performing mp and we can let him go.
We have to preserve this rare species of Enga. He has atleast brougth in some lost pride and credibility for Engan politicians who cannot go without women, beer, pokies, pride, shake-up and etc.
Please, 61 stop this ethinic thing and come out to vote for a leader that is uncompromising.
STA is the Man to trust.

Minian ikingim minilam oh..karapeng karen kae.

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