Contribute meaningfully, educated young told

Normal, Papua

The National, Monday 17th June 2013

 YOUNG and educated Motu-Koita­buans have been urged to stand up and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

This was the message from the youngest candidate in this year’s Motu-Koita local level government elections Sepoe Oika Gabutu who will be contesting the Baruni village council seat.

Gabutu, 32, said as the son of a pastor, he had the opportunity to travel around the country and compare the level of development to Motu-Koita.

“I see that most of the basic services including water, health, hygiene and sanitation plus education are lacking in many of our communities,” he said.

“I was privileged to be educated to university level, and, therefore am very critical of the disparities we have although we are in the heart of our capital city Port Moresby.”

Sepoe said he wanted to be an example to young educated Motu-Koitabuans so that they could make a difference and take up the leadership roles to improve their villages.

“I am offering myself as an element for change, making partnerships with the private sector to build the capacity of our youths in terms of human resource development.

“For far too long, we have been stuck under this cultural perception that we are young and small and that the wiser ideologies are portrayed by the older generation. But times have changed and we live in a very different world and have to be on par with our global community.”