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Subject: Ipatas still has the upper hand in Enga

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Date Posted: Tue, Jun 05 2007, 10:55:59pm

Looks like Ipatas still going to win coz you know, parents are really worrying to paying the school fees for students and they are going to still favour Mr Ipatas so what else we can do, unless someone come up with new strong policies.

I quiet agreed with the view bellow.

I EXPRESS my views in regard to the View Point titled “People of Enga suffered enough” by Sauan Tandakali in the Post-Courier of June 4.
He commented on the breakdown in infrastructure such as roads and bridges in the province. His words are no different to what everyone else, including intending candidate Paul Nili and others are saying about Mr Ipatas’ performance. In light of their statement, I think it is fair to ask the following question: If Governor Ipatas is not performing, what have former premiers and regional members in the likes of Paul Torato, Ned Laina, Danley Tindiwi and Jeffrey Balakau done to the province? I think they have virtually done nothing. The only leader who had tried to do something for the province was the late Malipu Balakau. Unfortunately, he was murdered by criminals in Mt Hagen in 1991. Governor Ipatas has his weakness as his critics have pointed out but one thing that he has done was the introduction and management of the outstanding school fee subsidy scheme. Some people may argue that the policy was not his, or that anyone could come up with the same policy. However, many provinces in the country like the Southern Highlands, Morobe, Chimbu and others have introduced the policy but the one which became consistently outstanding was Enga Province under Governor Ipatas’ administration. The first lot of Enga students who Governor Ipatas has sponsored from pre-school to the university level passed out some five years ago.
In fact, Mr Ipatas has tripled the number of Engan graduates in tertiary institutions. Thus, in 20 years time he is trying to see Enga providing the bulk of the highly educated professionals in the country. Under the circumstance, more than two thirds of the parents in Enga are in favour of Mr Ipatas. These are parents whose childrens’ school fees Governor Ipatas has started paying on their behalf. Therefore, those who are challenging him in this election will have to come up with something much stronger to convince the parents in Enga to make a break through in that strong understanding Mr Ipatas has with the parents. Otherwise, he still has the upper hand in terms of support in the province for a comfortable election victory.

– Nembakatami Kandanya-kalapape
Port Moresby

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