On Tuesday, April 22, 2017, my radio was tuned into the broadcast of the first sitting of Parliament.
What made my day was the declaration by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae of the new Deputy Speaker, Pesap Jeffrey Komal, the MP for Nipa-Kutubu.
Komal was first elected into parliament in 2012 as member for Nipa-Kutubu under the People’s National Congress banner.
He did exceptionally well for his electorate.
As a University of Papua New Guinea graduate, I was among more than 200 registered students of the UPNG Nipa-Kutubu Students Association who benefitted from the local member’s tuition-fee subsidy scheme between 2013 and 2015.
We also got money for the graduation gown.