The National, Thursday 11th April, 2013
By PISAI GUMAR
PUBLIC servants in the Menyamya district, Morobe, are blaming MP Benjamin Philip for the near-collapse of public services in the area.
Government officers who requested anonymity said in a five-page petition that basic service delivery processes to council areas such as Kapao, Nanema-Kareba, Wapi and Komewere stagnant.
The petition was titled “Worsening Watut to Aseki and Menyamya road conditions and appalling Menyamya district’s public infrastructures and its delivery mechanisms”.
The grievances include :
l Deteriorating state of the road from Keto (Bulolo and Menyamya border) hindering transportation of goods and services and high cost;
l Appalling state of vital public infrastructure and stagnation of service delivery mechanisms; and
l Corrupt practices by the parliamentarian and cronies.
“The Menyamya district is poorly led and managed politically, bureaucracy handicapped and on the verge of collapse,” the petition stated.
“Negligence by political leaders (led to) the non-existence of leadership while public servants and 80,000 people suffer in silence.”
No comment could be obtained from Philip or the district administration.
The worsening road situation hinders the delivery of essential medical supplies, patient referrals, school supplies and materials for building, the petition stated.