The National, Friday March 7th, 2014
THIS is about the article on Pomio being transformed from a back-page district by using so-called economic enforcers in the telecommunications and transport sectors.
Paul Tiensten claimed he would help Digicel construct a transmission tower with K500,000.
The record needs to be straightened out here and future media correspondence with Tiensten verified with appropriate government agencies as the development rate in Pomio is at a snail’s pace, or possibly slower.
Tropic Air was given a K100,000 subsidy so that airfares could be made affordable to the ordinary people, but to date, fares have not dropped.
Where has that subsidy gone or was this another smoke screen tactic to divert money elsewhere?
Digicel is a private international telecommunication company and the government has opened its arms to let this firm tap into the PNG market.
Why do we support these private businesses (instead of local businesses) to set up infrastructure then allow them to monopolise the market and make millions out of our money?
Tiensten needs to take a step back and look at all those promises he cooked up to win the people’s vote 15 years ago.
The people in Uvol are still waiting for their jetty; our Mamusi people still have logistical nightmares moving their coffee to Kokopo; people around West and Central Inland Pomio continue to risk their lives travelling on banana boats to Kokopo; remote schools in East Pomio still have infrastructure made out of bush material and our brothers and sisters in Sinivit seem to be forever forgotten.
Our public service is not performing up to expectations with no directive from above on how the district should function.
So much money has been wasted on projects like the Tol Growth Centre and on things like tractors, vehicles, iron roofing, water tanks and outboard motor handouts, which are just ridiculous.
Journalists need to learn investigative journalism to get a clear indication of the reality of Pomio.
There are always three sides to any story – theirs, yours and the truth.
Ignatius Papenga, Via email