THERE is a large body of evidence that demonstrates the direct relationship between good governance and development.
The healthier a country does in measures of good governance, the better it does in terms of development.
This stands to reason.
If money and resources are siphoned off to low-priority areas, being badly spent and badly administered, being awarded to constructors that are not qualified or who do not win through an open tender, the State is going to get less than the best-possible result.
Today’s leaders should seriously be concerned about the issues of good governance, deterioration of public infrastructure PNG – wide, break down in law-and-order, open defiance of the rule of law, as well as the neglected but necessary capacity building needed for the delivery of rudimentary services to the populace.
Despite the People’s National Congress (PNC)-headed Government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill enjoying continuityin office, the Government has done naught to promote good governance.
The wealth received from gold, oil and copper exports, and others totaling billions of kina over the last few years have poised PNG for better.
To, date there is no indication of that happening.
The wealth is not trickling down to the bulk of the masses.
There’s no improvement in their lives, compounded by appalling lack of services over the years.
Efforts to deal with corruption through the political process have been almost non-existent with only paper-thin commitment to meet these serious matters head on.
The simple question is: Who will enthusiastically fight corruption if all citizens, both leaders and followers have been infected by disease of corruption?
Eric Mumson Piuk
Gerehu Stage 4