The National- Monday, January 24, 2011
By RIGGO NANGAN
MOROBE deputy governor, Morokoi Gaiwata, urged the Morobe administration to work hard to promote the province as a leader in economic and industrial development.
According to Gaiwata, Morobe is the industrial centre and geographical location should have made it a province of strategic significance but for the “stupidity, arrogance and ignorance over the years”.
He told provincial administrator, Kemesang Tomala and his divisional heads last Wednesday that the administration had over the years, ignored the strategic significance of the province which led to restlessness and instability, not only to the province but the nation as well.
Gaiwata said that for 84 years, Morobe had been the source of wealth “for ungrateful colonial administration between 1922 and 1975 and the marginalising of people’s natural powers between 1975 and 2010”.
He said Morobe was taking a new approach and measures to protect the country from being torn to pieces by “unwholesome governance that has no hindsight and foresight.”
“The current Wenge government had created the Vision Morobe 2011-16 medium term development strategies to take Morobe forward,” he said.
He called on Morobe provincial governments and the administration to work together to make the Vision Morobe become a reality.
He also said that culture and ethnic dissent, hostility and hatred “between Morobeans themselves, Morobeans and other provinces were on the rise and we must all work together to minimise it”.
Gaiwata was speaking during an informal ceremony held at the provincial headquarters where 10 divisional heads were allocated vehicles.
These 10 Honda CRV eight-seater station wagons were allocated to the administrator’s office, community development, sports and culture, human resource, provincial affairs, commerce, internal audit, policy and planning, education and legal services.