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Subject: Thumps up for the Sepik...how about Enga & the rest of PNG????????


Author:
Teargun
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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 31 2006, 03:01:07pm

Below is an article from the National (31/08/06). I am only wondering what is happening with the other parts of PNG while the Sepik Region in the country is changing both in terms of human and infrastructural developments. The two daily newspapers always has a story from that end of the region with regard to development, corruption, achievement...etc!

I wonder why this is so when resource-rich provinces like SHP, Enga and Western Province (to name a few) cannot progress in such a manner. We only hear and see corruption and lip services at its best!

God, please help us the people of PNG to vote in leaders who will genuinely represent us and deliver the simple and fundamental basic services that can be felt from the village level come 2007.

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Outstations to get new telephone system

By REUBEN KALAUNG

REMOTE outstations of East Sepik province will soon enjoy the luxury of communication as soon as work on the 35m tower at Mt Turu in Yangoru is completed.
The construction work is into its fourth week.
Sources with Telikom PNG revealed that the project would cost K5 million, and was a joint initiative of the East Sepik provincial government and Telikom PNG.
The provincial government has injected an initial K600,000 and would make another payment of K600,000 next week.
The remaining balance will be met by Telikom PNG.
The tower will enable the installation of a telephone system that will connect Wewak, Yangoru, Angoram, Ambunti and Maprik which already have a new system in place.
It will also pave the way for the installation of a mobile telephone system.
Television and radio stations may also set up their transmitters and relay antennas on the tower to reach the rural population.
Work should be completed by mid-December.

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[> Subject: Re: Thumps up for the Sepik...how about Enga & the rest of PNG????????


Author:
Fr. Robert Laka (We can do it)
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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 31 2006, 04:04:17pm

Good news indeed to hear that Sepik is progressing, with the contribution of K1.2 Million to get the connection done with its costs of K5 million. A great help and a news truly nice to hear.

Enga can do it as well. The cost of 5 to 7 Toyota Land cruisers could put up a transmitter tower on one of the many majestic mountains surrounding Enga, if 5 million kina would be the cost for Yangoru. A possibility in Enga that has be ignored for so long.

The connection of telecommunication systems does become a beneficial to what Stephen Kapusa Kyakala Tokyo, Japan has mentioned in the Agriculture Revolution in Enga, which I fully. Besides natural resources in Enga, agricultural sector in Enga and PNG can make a big difference. Why can't peoples concern look at the possibilities rather then becoming ego-centric.

Information, knowledge and participatory processes of social change are essential if we are to respond to both the opportunities and the major challenges of the coming century and we need to invest in that sector as well.

This is the age of communication, and the current information revolution is dramatically increasing the potential for sharing information across the globe. The information revolution we are witnessing today has been compared to the invention of moveable print in the fifteenth century or to the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society in the nineteenth century. Economic liberalization has concentrated ownership of the global media in the hands of a few large companies, but the communication environment in other developing countries is changing nevertheless, I don't know what is happening with PNG and Enga in particular after 31 years of Independence.

It is undeniable that technologies and media are becoming more appropriate for conditions in rural areas. Democratization, government deregulation policies and pluralism have encouraged the decentralization of information production away from central governments while horizontal, people-to-people processes are replacing vertical, traditional lines of communication in many developing countries. This is the age of Information and it is about time, Telikom leads the way as a private enterprise. I also suggest other telecommunication firms compete in this sector as well for abundance and accessibility.

Further more, participatory approaches have paved the way for community-based ownership and use of various communication media, for example rural radio in other developing countries. Could we not do the same?

Enga got to move. I salute the initiative taken in Yangoru. Thumbs up.

Fr. Robert Laka (Tsikiro Tange, Ambum)
Slovenia - Europe

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[> [> Subject: Can an Awareness Campaign be Possible?


Author:
Fr. Robert Laka (Count me in)
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Date Posted: Fri, Sep 01 2006, 02:20:33am

Fellow brother and sister Engans,

We have expressed what we wished would have happened in our Mother Land, Enga and PNG as a whole. We have many ideas, which we have shared, and it is a pity, not all our loved ones back at home in Enga share the same sentiments as we share over the net; the wealth of knowledge we have poured in, the shadows we have highlighed and the dreams we have shared. All these would be a waste, if they are not shared.

There has to be an exit in which, these ideas are to be disseminated to the majority. Thus, I for one am in favor of PPambai's idea for an awareness campaign. I have written some letters already to certain orgainizations in Enga to consider holding one, which I have not received any reply yet.

I am due for my research in Enga, for my PhD dissertation in May next year and I am thinking of pushing through with the idea. While doing my research, I may conduct series of campaign to share what it is like to elect a leader who would helped Enga have access to possibilites we have shared so far. I may be one, but I fear nothing. While standing up for justice and equality, I am even willing to lay down my life, if it is for Enga. "An Engan is worth dying for an Engan, if it is for a good course". Enga should and must not remain as she is, despite she being one of the riches province in PNG . I won't ask but I am only proposing this idea in favor of PPambai's, An awareness campaign would be a possibility.

Is anybody in favor of PPambai's suggestion? I for one am in. We don't have time.

Samting bilong sekelim tingting tasol.

Fr. Robert Laka (Ambum, Tsikiro Tange)
Slovenia - Europe

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Can an Awareness Campaign be Possible?


Author:
Yakuman JP (Namba aporo)
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Date Posted: Sat, Sep 02 2006, 11:12:20am

Count me in as well, Fr. Robert. I like your idea and your statement: "An Engan is worth dying for an Engan if it is for a good cause". I believe this words of yours. With your position as you are, a clergyman, I believe you fear nothing, in which you have a genuine spirit of justice and equality, of peace and properity. I was changed becasue of your words and action, it is me, (brother of Ali Baba). You had no fear when you faced my brother to put down his weapon (which he did). Had you not stood up for an Engan, another life would have been lost. Although you were a Mai, other village leaders appreciated your effort. You are a son of Enga. It was a pity, you had to leave us soon when you were called for studies, but again it was for a good cause, for Enga, for PNG.

With that "tapumbai" I agree with you and PPambai to have an awareness campaign before the election. You know where to contact me when you come in May. We need to plan out as soon as possible. Any ideas how we shall begin?

Yakuman John Paul (POM)

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Author:
Fr. Robert Laka
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Date Posted: Thu, Sep 07 2006, 11:25:36pm

JP,

By early next month, I will be moving to the Philippines for the final touch of my studies. I should be getting ready to be home by April next year.

We will team up with an existing group, like the Youth Group and other groups to host the Education Campaign before the election. I may call for some gathering usually after Sunday services and we could use the occasion to do a little bit of awareness campaign. What we need to do is to come up with facts and figures that are worth sharing.

I have a number of points spelled out to be disseminated to the people. I don't know about others.

Fr. Robert Laka (Ambum Tsikoro Tange)
Slovenia - Europe

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[> Subject: Re: Thumps up for the Sepik...how about Enga & the rest of PNG????????


Author:
PPambai
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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 31 2006, 10:11:17pm

Father RL...you have analysed and said it all. We have to start from somewhere with little bits and pieces instead of dreaming too much to do the big things. We should make the first move to vote in leaders who can analyse the current changes taking place in the global arena (in all aspects) and put in little bit of effort within our budgetary reach and capacity (monetary terms) to do something. Enga and PNG need leaders who can take initiative and set platforms for future leaders to take on from there...leaders who can plan 50-100 years ahead and "who can plant the tree at the right time and place for the roots to expand and nurture the tree to bear fruits within the time-frame!"

But then illiteracy seems to be the advantage in this scenario and most MPs use this to build their political strategies. How can we turn it around? I think of one solution (my personal view): We* should carry out a mass awareness campaign throughout the province before the next general elections to educate the people about the current changes and the implications of selling their votes to vote in self-minded leaders (whom I personally do not consider them as leaders at all).

Enga and PNG need genuine leaders who can take the nation forward and who can providing alternatives (just like Father RL & Steve said) that can be achieved easily within the planned time-frame.

Cheers,
PPambai

We* here refers to all Engans living, working & studying both overseas and in PNG who generously want a change in our province and country & those who have a heart for the people (in the likes of Father RL, Steve, pngean and Ultaeng to name a few).

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[> Subject: Corresction to my previous posting


Author:
PPambai
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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 31 2006, 10:15:45pm

The word advantage should be disadvantage in the first sentence of the second paragraph.

Cheers,
PPambai

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[> Subject: Re: Thumps up for the Sepik...how about Enga & the rest of PNG????????


Author:
pngean
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Date Posted: Tue, Sep 05 2006, 06:21:45pm

I like a idea of an `educational campaign` just before the election.

I am planning to go home next year and will certainly do that among my family members/tibes and others.

peace

pngean

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