The National, Thursday January 30th, 2014
I WAS in East Sepik during Christmas.
After reading from the papers and watching EMTV news, I was looking forward to visiting the sites for various impact projects.
The projects that came into my mind were the Marienberg Community College, Sepik sago project at Angoram district, resettlement of Murik Lakes people and prawn project at Wom village just to name a few.
With interest and excitement, I first went to Angoram to see the progress of most of the above mentioned projects.
A few hours by boat downstream from Angoram is the proposed site of the sago project at Imbando village.
To my astonishment I saw nothing on the ground.
The village people told me that the project money was squandered by the management of the project.
The next day, I went further downstream to Marienberg to see the proposed community college.
The people showed me a building that contained some office material that was purchased some years back.
When I asked about the millions of kina funding for the project, they said they did not know about it.
With utter disappointment, I returned to Wewak.
I wanted to know how so much money allocated for these projects had gone missing and there is no one to be held accountable.
I began to understand that the projects were managed by the same people who have connections with a certain politician in the province.
What really baffles me is thatdespite these thefts, the Sepik people continue to be silent as though everything is fine.
Bruce Efna, Via email