The National, Monday, May 16, 2011
A VILLAGE elder wants Markham MP Konnie Iguan to provide tangible development in the valley.
The elder said Iguan should “stop wasting his time with the power play in parliament and get busy with bringing tangible developments into his electorate”.
Ira Ira Maran, an elder from Wankung village in the Umi-Atzera local level government in Markham Valley, called on Iguan to come back home and put some development into Papua New Guinea’s so-called melting pot of agriculture.
Maran said there had not been any developments in the valley yet and people wanted to know where rural development funds had gone.
“We all know that every district in the country has been given over K10 million each,” he said.
“Other districts have seen some developments but Markham has not,” Maran said.
He said Markham district should be flourishing with tangible developments by now.
He said most of the district was just grassland and there was no need to move mountains or clear forests before any work was done.
He said the surrounding communities on both sides of the valley “are still waiting for roads so they can have access to bring their produce, including coffee, to the markets to sell”.