BUSINESS and money remain the cornerstone of remittance for Imbonggu’s economy.
Our sons and daughters working or involved in small businesses send money home to support their families.
This is the money that circulates in the district’s economy.
Apart from remittance, our people engage in farming, poultry, second-hand clothing sales, roadside market and other self-help enterprises.
But it all starts with human resource.
Our youths are a vital investment.
Until recently, with the change of government, the focus and drive in preparing the future workforce and income earners was changed and came to a complete stop.
Free education, a key enabler of equal opportunity, equality and participation was thrown out of the window.
Education infrastructure enhancement and capacity building programmes were shelved.
Life skills training together with career pathways were ceased.
Our young people coming out of the system are determined, focused and ambitious and had worked hard in school to face the highly-competitive market but couldn’t find the opportunity when the economy is completely shut down.
Politics and corruption is eating away money coming in for economic stimulus packages and Covid-19. Porgera remains close indefinitely.
Papua LNG, Wapi-Golpu, Frieda, Elk and Antelope projects have an uncertain future and no economic activity is happening anymore to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
Things getting worse with successive lockdowns limiting every chance possible.
We should be mindful that the politics at the national level doesn’t stop at Waigani.
It transcends nationwide and affects Imbonggu just as any district in the country.
Now, with the awakening of national consciousness and the uprising to change the Pangu government, Imbonggu should rise up to the occasion.
We should look at the bigger picture and that is the return of the People’s National Congress (PNG) party to national leadership.
PNC has immensely contributed to Imbonggu’s progress.
The party is pivotal to the district and country’s development.
As a matter of fact, the work in Imbonggu, starting with the district headquarters and developments we see, were all progressed with PNC funding.
Pangu is yet to show its “hanmak” (what it can do) in the district.
In pursuit of the higher call, Imbonggu should align with the political party that is likely to form the next government so we sustain our progress and give our young people their lifetime opportunity.
If it means to change whoever is in the way, we have to do it.