The National, Thursday 09th Febuary 2012
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop received a warm welcome on arrival at Madang airport last Friday when he went to launch his political party’s platform in the province.
Parkop is the founder and parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party.
Madang provincial ad-
ministrator Ben Lange and
provincial police commander Tony Wagambie Jnr were at the airport to welcome Parkop and his delegates to town.
Also there were SDP Madang branch president Steven Kadam and national president Wesley Sanarup.
The launching of his party’s political platform, however, did not eventuate because it was not ready.
Instead Parkop launched the SDP Momase regional branch on Saturday.
The event was witnessed by hundreds of people.
Parkop was welcomed and led into Laiwaden oval where a good crowd was excited and happy to see him.
Guests who attended the launching included Madang Governor James Gau, Madang town mayor Mike Kamo, Sanarup, party general secretary David Dom Kua, Kadam, SDP executives from Northern, Enga, Morobe and Parkop’s wife Jean.
Jean Parkop said in her address that the SDP was not a new party as it was formed in the early 80s by a group of young men and women who wanted to see a change for a betterment of the people.
She said their hard work over the years had paid off with the formation of SDP.
Mayor Kamo said: “I believe this is the wind of change that will blow us and carry us to the Promised Land.”
The leadership of Parkop and his party “will help the country and people to move forward”.
He said for far too long many people had fallen victims to service delivery little or no development in rural areas and it was time for a change.
“Leadership under people like Powes Parkop will help us,” he said.
A SDP representative from East Sepik Province, Terence Noka said Parkop had already shown good leadership qualities in the way he had governed the nation’s capital and turned it into a much better place.
“We are all here because we are attracted to his (Parkop’s) leadership qualities.”