M.Tapson - Poreialin
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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 01:04:26am
In reply to:
's message, "TRANSPARENCY FOR ENGA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA" on Wed, Dec 06 2006, 05:43:14pm
Firstly, I this opportunity to congradulate the individual(s) behind the success of this forum, Enga Wai Pii. I salute you for a job well done.
I've lived 37 years of my 43 years away from Enga in a neibouring Highland's Province, where I commenced my education in 1968. After completing year 12 in 1981, I got employed there, started a family of my own and built myself a good size home in the Main Centre of that particular Province.
I've voted in this province all my life, grown to love this place and its people. I was honoured even to the extend of been adopted by a Chiefly family, as their first born son. Something I treasure very much even to this days.
I only visit home on rare and special occations. Normally this visits were very brief and would only last a night or two. Three nights in Enga and it was a night mare for me (even though my kids and wife seem to enjoy every moment of it).
The reason being, there seems to be so much insecurity, very intense and a spirit of fear that always seem to be present everywhere. After dinner, hot on the agenda seems to be Tribal Fights, followed closely by Politics which always seems (to me) associated, one way or another.
The scary part during my nights there which always makes my hairs on the back of my head stand, is when there is a shout (wii) echoing from the hills in the chill of the night sending shivers through my spine. All of a sudden all convesations in the house comes to a stand still as someone says "...EH, KANAU, WII MENDE LALUMU ONGO SAA. PIAPAE SINKIN SAREN".
The nights in Enga are very different to that of the Province, I've lived in for a good part of my life. Tribal warfares are hardly heard off apart from 1 or 2 that has been gone on for a good number of years, that we hear of in the news. Apart from those, tribal warfares are becoming very, very few.
The reason Tribal Warfares are very scares in this province is because of 2 things apart from entering into business ventures.
1. People have returned to the land and are working on the land (something which we Engans can be proud of for showing them how to grow food and build houses). Their produces reaches to big markets in Lae and Port Moresby cities which results in big bucks being brought back to the rural areas.
2. With the money earned they take it back into their villages and develop their rural areas by building very good modern "Homes".
With good houses build in most districts of the province with only one district because of its remotness, the Provincial Government as come good by providing electricty into every districts with their "Rural Electricfication" program.
Now with many new modern homes being built in the rural areas, I've witnessed people becoming very concious of their homes (their investment). To avoid conflicts blowing out of portion into a full scale tribal warfare that would literally destroy their homes, people have now resolved to settle their differences in a more civilized way.
Because of that, I've witnessed firsthand serious problems that would have warranted tribal warfare been brought under control. This is simply because, people have now build/invested their "prides" in their new homes and businesses, that warring tribes and clans on both sides cannot afford to lose.
Mr. Aipit, your vision is achieveable and is very, very possible. Mr Aipit, remember all "Great things has a small beginning". It doesn't require millions of Kinas to make it happen. All it requires is CONCERNED PEOPLE like us to SELL and EDUCATE the vision to all our people back home.
In the Bible, in the Book of Hosea 4:6, God told the Prophet Hosea that His people suffered greatly, basically because of the LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. This is the scenario in Enga. C'mon guys enough talking. If we are really concern about our people back home, why not rally together and go to Enga and Educate our people rather then sitting behind the keyboard. I've heard Mr. Aipit had led the way and done it.
I admire you for having a big heart for the People of Enga and this nation. I see you having no nonsense approach to Corruption and Bribery. A straight shooter, very honest, loyal to your wife and kids and a true Patriot. Fighting Corruption for others will be a hard task. As for you, its nothing, because you don't practice it and its not in your blood. A man of great integrity and principle.
Have faith in what you believe and remember nothing is impossible. You can be the next Governor of Enga.
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