The National, Monday November 4th, 2013
FRANCIS Awesa is talking big about roads and bridge works in other provinces and electorates, but he should come down from his high horse and have a good and thorough look at the Imbonggu electorate in Southern Highlands.
He is not responsible for the condition of the electorate’s infrastructure before 2007.
But from 2007 to now, he should shoulder some of the burdens forced upon the 15,000
people who use this dilapidated road network.
This is just one part of his electorate, but who knows the condition of the roads and bridges in the other constituencies of the electorate?
One of these roads is the Koutol (Red Karanas) to Tambul passing through Piambil Primary School.
This used to be a road connecting the industrial headquarters of PNG to the oilfields of Southern Highlands.
Some 20 to 30 years ago, many Southern Highlanders preferred this road to avoid roadblocks and holdups but that is history now.
The true measure of political leadership must be reflected by the conditions of the infrastructure such as roads and bridges in the respective electorates.
If the roads, bridges, schools and health facilities in those areas are in bad state or non-existent, this can only mean that political leaders are not “serving”.
Services to the people are the political leaders’ responsibility and are the people’s right.
Our political leadership style must change to focus on services.
The Imbonggu people want to see changes for the better.
The electorate hosts one of the hydro power-stations in the country and yet most of the people live without lights.
It does not make any sense at all.
John I Nakanoli