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Subject: Re: Enga 1996 -2006 EMTV Presentation


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Ipatas Fan
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Date Posted: Mon, May 21 2007, 01:58:10pm
In reply to: Impressed 's message, "Enga 1996 -2006 EMTV Presentation" on Tue, Mar 27 2007, 12:26:16pm

Ipatas has done and is able to do better than many.
Ipatas would fare better than Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Michael Somare, Bill Skate, Pais Wingti and Sir Julias Chan to some extend.

People must never be narrow minded in their judgment to think that the tribal fights problems at home are his responsibilities. The fights can wreck havoc to public infrastructure, economic and social well being of our people are caused by educated people sponsoring their tribesmen with guns. It is none of Peter Ipatas' doing. He is not sponsoring the fights. Others are so naive to cause all these and blame it upon someone else.

Ipatas has the making of PM in his blood. Give him the support.

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Cool_Guy1
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Date Posted: Mon, May 21 2007, 02:44:46pm

Facts to think of when making comments.

1. Ipatas took over office When Porgera Gold Mine was paying dividends and royalties to the provinvial Government. Others like Paul Torato, Jeffrey and Malipu Balakau, Danley Tindiwi, etc.. were all operating on National Government Budget allocations only. Ipatas now is cutting a huge pie (National Budget allocations plus Royalty and Dividend payouts)than those others. So, you cant compare developments that are taking place now with what has happened in the past. When you do, it is like comparing apples and oranges.

2. Free education policy was originally suggested by Mr. Malipu Balakau, but never saw it to fruition because at that time he did not have the money and his life was taken at the earlier stage of his political career. But gratitude should go to him and the likes of Paula Torato for setting the framework for the mining agreement, which has resulted in the windfall enjoyed by the Ipatas Government, for him to pump it into education. I salute Ipatas for taking ownership of the free education policy and seeing it through, however, what we see at the green-house is a reflection of the outcome would be after graduation for many Engans than, this policy has no vision. Why do i say that? Take a look at the Green-house, jobs are not shared equally among Engans, only one disrict or electorate dominates the Green-House. If that is what is promoted in Enga, would be Engan who have a heart for their province would always be pushed out of Enga and contribute merely by mouth only.

3. Tribal fight reflects leadership. I refute the claim that, it is not Ipatas' doing. When you as a leader is there and providing true leadership, people have high respect for you, and surely they will listen. But if you dont provide good leadership and run around in a dark-class car to protect yourself, you are not in touch with the people, and the people dont have any respect for you, and for that matter wont listen to you when you try to become a peace mediator. Since when was the last time, the governor became a peace mediator, because basically, providing leadership is being there for your people in good and bad times. So you see, your analysis of Ipatas not causing the problem is narrow minded.. a leader is a leader and he needs to be with his people no matter what the situation is. Ignorant leaders will always blame their people, while concerned leaders will always take on the responsibility and try to become a peace mediator. He surely will be sucessful in mediating between two conflicting tribes only when he has the respect as a leader from both conflicting parties. Chaos and burning down and civil unrest are a reflection of leadership problems. There are other ways to solve problems, than to engage police only for mediation. Leaders of the province can play a very important role in mediating between two warring clans, only if leaders can provide that leadership and gain the respect of the people. An example can be given. There was a German priest who lived in Laiagam. When there was a big tribal fight between two tribes, he stood up in the middle of the tribal fight and told them to kill him. Both warring tribes held back their bows and arrows and stopped the tribal fight because, the priest was definitely in their way and he would be killed by cross-fire. He was a true leader, he had the respect from both tribes, and when he stood in, both tribes stopped the fight and made peace. That is what leadership is all about.

4. What have we done to the rest of the population in the province? Only school students can stand tall and enjoy themselves, while the rest of the population does not have anything else to chew on. Too much politics was involved in the pyrethrum project and it never got off the road until just recently. People need to fall back to a income generating cash crop to generate local level income. Porgera Gold mine has brought in substantial amount of money into the province, and it should be channeled into fruitful investments in cash crops etc. For instance, coffee in the province has been on the down-trend, what is the reason? Village based income generating cash crops are the only way to make our people survive. Virtually, cash crop growing by small holders in the province is non-existent. Have we (Provincial Governement) promoted such a venture? yes investing in real estates in Port Moresby for the future children is a way to go, but, how sustainable is it for the provincial government to pay school fees for infinity? That sure sounds unrealistic isnt it? There is a saying, you dont catch fish for a man, you show the man how to catch fish and he will never be a burden to you. He will know the techniques to catch fish, just teach him that. We can not be continuelly spoon-fed by the provincial government on school fees, all the provincial government needs to do is channel capital into projects such as pyrethrum, coffee, garlic, cabbage, carrot etc.. to get into full cash crop production and market this produces for the people of Enga. This will generate more income and spill-over would be far-reaching than to invest in real estates, that wont have the same sort of impact.

This are my views...

Cool_Guy1

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Enga at heart
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Date Posted: Mon, May 21 2007, 04:10:57pm

Cool_Guy 1

I totally agree with you. You have highlighted some very important points here. In particular, about generating income through cash crops. That is the only way the bulk of Enga can move forward and be independent financially/economically. Education is only for the privileged few. To touch Enga, you need to touch them at the core of the problems and issues they face. The problem with Enga is that the people are not fully engaged in a income generating activity. Given the right technical assistance, Engan will used their land to produce the cash crops that you have mentioned. What the government must do is to provide markets for them. In looking for markets, we could start with Porgera Gold mine. The governor should liase with PJV so that enga can provide all the vegetables such a carrots, cabbages, broccoli etc. These activities can be faciliated through existing organisational vehicles such as Enga vegetable marketing Depo. Just notify the people that on a particular daty/week, trucks will be coming around at particular location to buy in cash these products.It will be just like selling coffee on the road side, except, this time, the people will know what time buyers will come and exact prices they will be paid per kilograms. Iam sure if such a thing was in place, Enga will respond. If this become successful, then markets in other provinces/cities including even overseas markets must be identified. This is the only way enga will change and move forward in a practical way. Otherwise, the few educated will live a comfortabe life while the rest of enga will be bounded by a viscous cycle of poverty.And when election time comes,everyone will be looking to intending candidates as their Messia to deliver them from the bondages of poverty.

I do not want to be too critical here about the so called Engan action governor, but in my opinion, he was rightly placed to do much yet achieved little, if anything. Ten years has been a total waste. He has not impacted Enga in any meaningful socio-economic and infrastructural development purposes. What can you expect a man to do anyway, when half his time, he is building his personal empire and the other half he is looking for ladies. How much time does this leave him to think about Enga? And for his aspirations to be the Prime Minister, I live that to the voters on the ground. if they feel he has been an inspirational and hardworking leader who has genuinely concerned about their cosial and economic welfare, then how they vote is their prerogative. Iam sure rural Enga, though not well educated, are highly intelligent people who can think logically, critically and make the right decisions.

Engan at heart

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