HELA left us with so much to think about.
Poignant memories of our shared past, common heritage and the bond of brotherhood we forged along the way when we toiled in the plantations to develop a nation and the camaraderie in work and administration, schools and in the sports fields as one Southern Highlands-Souths Pawa.
It also came as a moment of reckoning for us to move on our own.
Hela left with the gas fields in Hides and Komo, the LNG and oil well heads in the Moran area.
We retained the Kutubu and Gobe oil fields.
We had a fledging human resource. Our human resource is still under-developed but it is something to bank on.
Late starters, as they say, yet we the sons and daughters of the plantations workers or the children of the last frontier, name tags we carried, went on to excel in education and held significant positions in the workforce.
We export the best talents around the globe and still continue to do so.
We strive to push on against all odds was best personified in 2011 when a Southern Highlands son claimed the highest office of the land.
Peter Paire O’Neill of Kaiwe village, Pangia, became 7th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.
It was now a telling moment for Southern Highlands to set the course of her own destiny.
William Titipe Powi, a longtime provincial administrator contested the Southern Highlands provincial seat left vacant by the late Anderson Agiru in 2012 under Peter O’Neill’s party, People’s National Congress (PNC) and won easily.
Powi is taking a coordinated approach for development in the province.
To date there is no report on any of the key performance indicators .
There is no monitoring and evaluation programme to compliment and validate work.
A report on key performance indicators is needed here.