The National, Wednesday November 6th, 2013
THE Nemi Paralga Association in the Panaga community in Angalim, South Waghi, Jiwaka, are surprised with the number of small projects heading their way and know local MP Joe Koim is responsible for them.
Koim donated a sawmill to the community and its leaders said they were noticing changes in the area for the first time in a long time.
Community leaders, Daniel Pawa, Koim Rumints, Michael Noki, Vincent Bepi, Joe Doa, Thomas Billy, Yakumb Datana and Dos Kewa believe they now have a leader to see services being delivered there.
They said such projects as a portable sawmill had never been seen in their communities and Koim’s heart was in the right place.
Spokesman for the association, Noki said having Koim was a blessing to the communities and the district.
He said within a short period of time they had seen some developments.
“We have been praying for a good leader and our prayers have been answered,” he said.
Noki said the sawmill would help the association to generate income and each member to build permanent houses.
He thanked Koim for registering associations in the area to start small projects.
Pawa said Koim was trying to provide for communities that had not benefited from government services for more than 20 years.
Pawa said youths were involved in drugs, homebrew, alcohol and illegal activities but they were starting to change their behaviour and focus on projects funded by the MP.
He said these were positive signs and they believed that in three years people’s lives would change.
Pawa praised Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for appointing Koim to represent Papua New Guinea as a member of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).