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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 08 2007, 12:39:05pm

Ipatas introduced free education in Enga

I REFER to a letter on Enga where the writer said that former regional member Jeffery Balakau introduced the free education policy in the province.
That is not correct. Balakau was in Parliament for about a term but never mentioned anything about such a policy during his campaign in the 1989 by-election and the 1992 general election.
He campaigned mainly on agricultural issues but never implemented related policies after he was elected.
It was Governor Peter Ipatas who formulated and implemented the free education policy in Enga.
This and other practical policies earned him the nickname of “Action Governor” at a rally in Kompiam district, the home of Balakau.
The writer’s pseudonym tells me that he opposes the Ipatas government.
If he is a student, he should be ashamed of himself as the Ipatas government has spent millions of kina paying school fees since 1998.
Ipatas is not like Balakau and other governors before him. He is an “Action Governor”.
I am not a member of Ipatas’ tribe nor do I consider myself his supporter.
In fact, I am from a rival tribe – the Malipini – where Balakau comes from.
I have benefited from the free education policy and I thank the Enga provincial government and the governor for supporting the development of human resources.

Peter Kanaparo
Port Moresby

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Date Posted: Fri, Mar 09 2007, 07:18:28am

Peter Kanaparo, you are not wrong.

Obviously Peter Ipatas introduced the the school fee policy and backed it up by continuously making available funds in the provinces annual budget.

I feel sorry for the writer who apparently must not have been in Enga or PNG for the last 10 or 11 years.

Jeffery Balakau like all those selfish and corrupt Enga so-called leaders did nothing constructive during his term. He betrayed the trusting Enga people who voted him in purely on sentimental reasons.

Due to his youth and obvious lack of leadership qualities (I mean modern day leadership qualities like ample public or private sectors experience and education) he messed up and was unceremoniously removed by PI.

However, despite PI's good intention esapecially on Human Resources Development through the school fee initiative, his general administration for the last couple of terms is below par. All of Enga knows that he is as corrupt as sin itself.

Hence the onus is now om Enga to hand pick a new candidate with vision to bring change to Enga. Tangible changes that will touch the lives of ordinary Engans in the villages through all levels of society. The new candidates can maintain and improve the school fee initiative as well as introducing a host of others that will benefit us and are relevant to our situation.

Mind you, I have nothing against PI (action governor). In fact I am an Apulin and one of his tribesman. As an educated Engan, i just think for Fair and Balanced administration of the province Enga in the 21st century should be led by a educated, capable, incorruptible, visionary, principled, and God-fearing citizen....And Enga has a host of candidate that fits this criteria. Find that person and give him/her the mandate!

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Date Posted: Sun, Mar 11 2007, 10:08:35am

61, Good Engan,

We need more so called educated Engans to think along the same line to influence the way we think and do things. When we starting bargaining our educated mind and self identity (principal) for temporal gain, nothing good remains in us, we would be just like them (corrupted leaders or village councillors).

Suggestions of minimum criteria mentioned in this forum is a good benchmark. Stick to benchmarks and do elimination through campaign periods into polling. My only suggestion is that former MPs haven't proven themselves, so there shouldn't be a second change of consideration. Yes, Enga has good host of leaders now with proven track records and one of them can be mandated.

Engan Lenge

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