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Subject: Re: TORATO for Enga Governor!!!

Sikita Tomape
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Date Posted: Mon, Jun 25 2007, 12:24:46pm
In reply to: ehehe 's message, "Re: TORATO for Enga Governor!!!" on Tue, Jun 19 2007, 09:10:31am

I write here again to diffuse this concept of West-Enga. I am of Laiagam origin (Lagaip headwaters, Apulin tribe) but I do not subscribe to this concept chiefly because it propagates a micronationalist political agenda. Kandep, Laiagam, Porgera, Sirunki, parts of Malamun and any other place situated to the West of Enga, I reckon are an integral part of Enga. One of the key reasons as I understand which prompted the evolution of this concept was the apparent lack of government servcies in these areas. The way forward is to establsih effective LLGs that are fully resoureced to address the issues and needs of our people. This means, applying pressure on the provincial and national governments to expend resoruces on projects identified by the respective LLGs. However, current political events show that ward councillors have minimal input in the allocation of resources, leaving them at the mercy of the Governor and Council presidents. This is an area that needs to be rectified not only in Enga but elsewhere in the country. The gist of my argument here is that precious time is being wasted on talking about a 'separatist' movement that will never materialise. Rather, time and effort should be expended on developing a poltical framework that will allow the flow of resoruces to LLGs, who will in trun attend to their specific needs and issues of their constituents.

Any aspriring Engan post-graudate student in the area of political science and public policy should explore this policy area (decentralisation and development).

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