I OBSERVED the performances and achievements of some MPs in the previous and current terms – Yangoru-Saussia MP Richard Maru, Agriculture and Livestock Minister and Maprik MP John Simon, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, Alotau MP Charles Abel, Western Highlands Governor Paias Wingti, Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, Ijivitari MP Richard Masere, Transport Minister and Goilala MP William Samb, Wosera-Gawi MP Joseph Yopyyopy, Housing and Urban Development Minister and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Petroleum Minister and Sinasina-Yongumugl MP Kerenga Kua, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird, Justice Minister and Madang MP Bryan Kramer, Prime Minister and Tari-Porim MP James Marape.
There are others that I did not mention who have performed wholeheartedly and compassionately for the benefit of their people but away from media limelight.
Their people speak well of them and are only waiting for next year to vote them back to parliament.
Many provinces and districts where people are enjoying tangible government services are because their MPs are working collectively towards meeting the Government’s Vision 2050 goals where their citizens will be wiser, wealthier and healthier by 2050.
They have 5-20-year development plans that are people-centered and achievable.
In order to develop their districts and provinces, governors and MPs collaborate and go to international development partners with their development plans and access extra funding or necessary trainings to meet their development aspirations.
Northern also deserves support from Australia, Japan and indeed many other governments of the allied forces that fought during WWII here in the province.
That has not been case now and I think the problem is with our Governor Gary Juffa.
Even if Juffa has a development blueprint for Northern and had made submissions to donor agencies for money, we couldn’t receive the funding.
That is because corruption in the Oro administration is inherent and so endemic.
Juffa either condones or failed to address that since 2012.
The Auditor-General’s Report for the 2007 Cyclone Guba funds would have been the starting point to deal with corruption in the province and attract confidence for donor funding but perhaps his motives for political leadership was sinister.
Now, there is no tangible development after almost nine years of him being in office.
That is totally unacceptable.
I support the call by Masere for the Oro administration to do something to provide government services.
But I believe it is Juffa who will push for the administration to provide services.
However, it is clear he has no interest in the affairs of the province anymore.