Dr Albert SCHRAM FULL ADDRESS – in TEXT

Dr Albert SchramAs Vice-Chancellor, it is a special pleasure for me, and an honour to say to all incoming first year students, “Welcome to UNITECH”. Today, we are exited and delighted to welcome over 900 new students from all over Papua New Guinea and several from other Pacific Islands to UNITECH. This is almost 10% more than last year, and the largest number of incoming students in UNITECH’s 48 year history.
I am sorry that I have to address you from my exile in Australia, because I have not yet been granted a new employment visa, which is a legal requirement for my return to PNG. Although I have never been legally dismissed by the UNITECH Council, my first employment visa was cancelled in March last year by the government without explanation, and I have not been issued a new one yet.

I will not speak of the great sadness this involuntary exile has caused in me, and the terrible insecurity my family has faced during all these months. I feel for the UNITECH community that has put all its hopes in our efforts to transform the institution, as I promised in my presentation as a candidate for the Vice-Chancellor’s role on 8 June 2010 (Schram 2010b). The UNITECH community has been waiting patiently until today for that to happen, and for my return to campus.

I thank you for all the tremendous and loyal support you have shown me, and my wife Paulina. In particular, I want to thank the past and present Student Representative Council SRC Leadership: SRC President 2012 Joe Kaowai; this year’s SRC president Eddy Nagual and Vice-Presidents Olsson Waram and Constance Kauwaba; and all the students, who have shown tremendous support and risked their studies to defend UNITECH. It has not been a waste of time.

Many thanks to all who were courageous enough to act against political convenience, prudence and their own self interest, just to do what is right: Justin Kehatsin and Simon Sengi of NASA, Wilfred Pasanai of NSA, Micah Vines, Ken Polin, Chris Alu our Director at the Port Moresby office, the Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan, the Pro-Chancellor Alan McLay; the Deputy and now Acting VC Prof. John Pumwa, who together with the Senior Management Team did a great job keeping the university running, all those helpful staff in the registry bursary, and administration of UNITECH, too many to mention. Your acts of extra-ordinary civil courage risking dismissal or worse, are gratefully acknowledged and will not be forgotten.

Finally, I want to thank my wife Paulina who not only left her job, home and family to come to PNG, but supported me throughout these difficult times.

Let me spend a few words on how the so-called UNITECH saga started in the first place, and make a historical comparison with the University of Leyden in the Netherlands in the 1940s. Next, I will speak about the future of the Higher Education Sector and UNITECH in Papua New Guinea. Lastly, and in line with tradition I will offer some words of advice to the first year students.

A- UNITECH SAGA. There is no peace without justice. There are times when academics have to stand up for each other. Once justice has been done the university and the country can again move forward. Let me illustrate this by a historical example from Europe.

As you know many European countries, including the Netherlands, were invaded by the German armies in the 1940s. The regime proceeded swiftly to order the Vice-Chancellors of the universities to sack all Jewish professors. Most Vice-Chancellors regrettably complied, except Prof. Cleveringa (CLEVERINGA), not a Jew himself (Ignatieff 2013).

In a famous speech he gave on 26 November 1940, Cleveringa resisted the racist policies. The German armies then were at the top of their power, and resistance seemed futile. The Dutch students though were moved to tears by his words, sang the national anthem, and started to boycott classes. In response, the regime closed down all universities. Prof. Cleveringa was incarcerated, but survived the war, and so did his Jewish colleague, and both continued to work together at the university.

After the war the reputation of the University whose motto is “bastion of liberty” (praesidium libertatis) had further increased, due to Cleveringa’s act of civic courage and resistance to unlawful policies. As a consequence, its academics played an important in reconstruction of the country, when the rule of law had been restored.

Let us recall of how the UNITECH saga started. Please note, it was never in our interest to prolong the saga or make it so public, and it is the responsibility of our adversaries that is has gone on for so such a long time.

In 2012, UNITECH we were faced with a hostile Council, which has since been dissolved, and from December onwards with a hostile Minister of Higher Education. We had to protect a member of our management team from unjustified attempts by the previous Chancellor to fire him, for no reason what so ever. Although later I became the prime target, the conflict therefore did not start with me, but when a colleague was threatened with dismissal for no legitimate reason.

On 28 December 2012 we suffered another attempt by the Minister of Higher Education Research Science and Technology HERST David Arore to reappoint a former Head of Department, we had just fired for incompetence. Soon afterwards on 8th of February came my first unlawful deportation. The second unlawful deportation on the 9th of March triggered student unrest, which however did not produce the desired result. Promises were made, but not kept. In April, I came to campus for the graduation and an interview with the investigation team, but had to leave prematurely, narrowly avoiding a third deportation. It was only then that I was notified my employment visa had been cancelled on 14th of March.

Since then there has been more than enough time to arrange my return, but until today there have been no results. The Sevua Investigation found no evidence for all the silly and baseless allegations in my regard, and was presented to the Prime Minister on 29th of May. I applied for a new visa at the on 26 August. Council endorsed me twice in August and in December. Until today no news on my employment visa, not even a proof the application has been lodged.

On 20 December 2013, Minister of Higher Education HERST David Arore cast doubt on my good name in a bizarre performance on national television, and tried to instruct council to dismiss me. It seems the Minister is confused about his role, trying to tell the autonomous UNITECH Council what to do.

Throughout these events, Prof. Cleveringa’s civic courage stayed in my mind. Although the price for defending institutional autonomy and academic freedom can be high, we have to continue to do what is right, always.

An important lesson from any conflict is that, only after justice has been done, peace and stability can arise. In 2012, for example, we were able to appoint a new Chancellor, Sir Nagora Bogan, a long-serving and respected PNG diplomat, and citizen of Lae. The Chancellor is the chairman of the Council, or board, which as a body is the supreme authority at UNITECH. He managed to stabilise the Council and slowly end the infighting.

B- FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR IN PNG. It is not just UNITECH that is in trouble. The following issues for all PNG public universities need to be addressed urgently: 1) to establish properly organised university administrative systems in order to end mismanagement, favouritism, and corruption. 2) to stop political interference and cronyism, and respect the autonomy of the University Councils and Academic Boards (or Senate at UPNG) as established by the University Acts, 3) to assure the promised infrastructure funding is transferred immediately to the public universities in a transparent manner, and 4) to stop new fly-by-night private universities from entering the country for a price, and selling a parody of a university education to unsuspecting students.

All this is NOT hard to do: it requires adequate university management, and the political will of the government to carry out its agreed and published higher education policies, including the reduction of the size of the university councils at UPNG and UNITECH. We beg Prime Minister to start implementing the government’s higher education policies.

In the 12 months, for example, that I was on campus as Vice-Chancellor, I was able to start up many projects. The management team, staff and students stepped up, and carried them out with vigour, and in a constructive spirit. Leading after all is getting things done through others, and giving them credit for it.

Since not all of the following is known, and there has been much ill-informed talk about it, allow me to list what my management team together with UNITECH staff and students accomplished. Apart from the appointment of the new Chancellor, we managed to make significant progress in dealing with legacy issues in four main areas:

1- Provide a more strategized approach to academic leadership and create better working relationships on campus: installed an effective Acting Management Team, brought communication into the 21st century on campus by giving email enabled blackberries to all Head of Departments and Directors; created a Staff and Student Representatives Advisory Committee and thus build much better relations on campus among staff and students; ended with the SRC student groups fighting on campus, in return for better teaching and better student services; started strategy development and implementation oriented towards exceeding students expectations (Schram 2013) (Schram 2014).

2- Improve academic quality of teaching and research: hired over 20 Faculty members with PhDs, and built houses for them; started with international institutional accreditation, approved by Academic Board and supported by AusAid; started with professional accreditation of engineering programs; reorganise and develop the graduate programs, and appoint a Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Shamsul Akanda; had the MBA approved by the Academic Board and started after 20 years of discussions; installed industrial advisory committees for all departments to assure the relevance of the programs for the employers of our graduates.

3- Improve learning opportunities and create more activities for students: increased the number of international scholarships for students; increased research funding, and start with international student exchange with Europe through the Erasmus Mundus programs (Schram 2010a); started experimenting with the entrepreneurship program; helped the SRC organise the first Cultural Show after 3 years; organised the first Open Day for all departments after 6 years.

4- Upgrade infrastructure and provide better services on campus: offered Wifi for students; had the campus roads resealed; installed an ATM on campus; reopened the staff restaurant, the “Kofi Haus”.

Much of this has been continued in 2013 by the Acting Management team I left in place after my departure. When proper governance is restored at UNITECH, and I will return on campus, we will be able to continue this work, and initiate new projects which will benefit students and staff directly. The full benefits of our strategy to transform UNITECH are yet to come.

If it can get its act together, UNITECH can count on the support and help of many alumni, industry partners, supporters and friends. After my mission to Singapore and India last year, for example, we can obtain better and cheaper internet, saving students hundreds of Kina per month in Digicel credits. We will also be able to import much cheaper textbooks from India, saving students thousands of Kina per year.

In Australia, we can engage in public private partnership that will allow our students to obtain internationally recognised certificates. We can receive help from our university partners from all over the world. In Europe, UNITECH has been included as associate partner in an increasing number of Erasmus Mundus projects, which will allow students to study degree programs in Europe, and staff to spend time on study visits.

Meanwhile, we will continue to lobby the government to transfer the promised infrastructure funding, and increase the salaries for all UNITECH staff. We implore the Prime Minister to assure the implementation of its approved higher education policies, return my employment visa, respect the decision of the autonomous UNITECH Council, and release the funding for the Kina-for-Kina commitment of the Australian government agree between the Somare and Rudd governments, the 500 Million Kina promised for the university system by the O’Neill government, and the 180 Million Kina for the accreditation of the engineering programs at UNITECH.

C- WORDS OF ADVICE. Thirdly, in line with tradition, some words of advice and encouragement to our new students.

Today, we celebrate that you are part of an international learning community with a universal mission. Any university has a universal mission of providing high quality research, teaching and outreach. But UNITECH is special as a university: we stimulate the critical evaluation of science and technology for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. This is what we are supposed to be doing, this is our ideal.

You are part of this community, because you came here to learn and to be educated. At all time, you must follow the university rules, which ensure that others have the opportunity to learn. Unlike secondary school, at university you need to become a self-directed learner. Once you have learned how to learn, you must continue learning during your whole life.

As to your education, extra-curricular and civic activities play an important role. University is more than doing your assignments and passing your exams. Only at University will you forge friendships with people with a completely different background and values. You will learn to respect each other, and value diversity. You should therefore continue to be active in your Church and civic organisations. In addition, here on campus you can become active in sports activities, departmental associations, provincial groups, organisation of events, and the SRC. All this is essential to develop your character and leadership skills.

Let me close now. We must not allow others to erode inclusive and democratic institutions, such as universities (Acemoglu and Robinson 2012). Inclusive institutions provide the rules, the organisation, and the transparency, which allow the spread of economic prosperity and political responsibility widely among the population. As the Prime Minister has repeatedly said, corruption undermines these type of institutions, and has no place in PNG. Without such institutions, Papua New Guinea will continue on its narrow path of economic growth reflected in the official statistics, but without development for the largest part of the population.

We have one last chance to get this right now for UNITECH, and defend it as an autonomous, academic and public institution. Together, we must continue on this path, and achieve the necessary transformation of UNITECH in order to make this great institution live up to the promise contained in its mission.

Let me to end with reminding ourselves of why we are part of this great learning community called UNITECH in the words of the great Italian poet, Dante Alighieri from the early 13th Century in Italian:

Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza.

Consider your origin as human beings;
you were not born to live like brutes,
but to follow virtue, justice and knowledge.

(Dante Alighieri La Divina Commedia Canto XXVI, lines 118-120.)

Thank you for your attention.

“SUPREME COURT GRANTS NAMAH STANDING TO MAKE APPLICATION” – SUPREME COURT – PNG

Justice Sakora granted the leader of the Opposition, hon. Belden Namah’s request for a declaration to the effect that Mr. Namah has Standing to make application in the Court House, Court Room 1 this morning [29 January 2014, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.]

This is in contrast to a similar application by Mr. Namah filed earlier in 2013, which was dismissed by the court (Cannings J, Kassman J, Murray J), upon upholding an objection by the same respondents to its competency (Belden Norman Namah MP v Rimbink Pato MP (2013) SC 1241).

This is following applicant, Mr. Namah’s pursuant to Constitution, Section 18 (1) regarding the Asylum Centre in Manus, where Respondents were namely:

1. Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Rimbink Pato, MP,
2. The National Executive Council
3. and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Judges who delivered the reading today were Justice Sakora and Justice Cannings;

Initially a five (5) men Supreme Court Bench ruled in favour of the Opposition Leader today. Counsels representing the Applicant and Respondent were Henao Lawyers for the Opposition Leader and Kuman Lawyers for the Respondents.

During the hearing, Justice Sakora read that the Leader of the Opposition filed an application in the Supreme Court under Section 18 (1) of the Constitution seeking declarations as to the constitutionality of arrangements, including Memoranda of Understanding between the government of Australia and Papua New Guinea as to the transfer of persons seeking asylum in Australia but are instead transferred to PNG from Australia for processing.

Justice Sakora proposed to argue that those arrangements are unconstitutional as they are contrary to the rights of the transferees to personal liberty under Section 42 (1) of the constitution: RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS 42. Liberty of the Person (1) No Person shall be deprived of his personal liberty except – (and it lists reasons including where the person is unfit to plead to a criminal charge or other instances where the person is implicated, for contempt of court execution of the sentence or order of a court in respect of an offense he has committed and etc.)

However, before an application under Section 18 (1) of the Constitution can be heard, the Supreme Court Rules 2012 require that the court should declare that the applicant has standing which is a matter at the discretion of the Supreme Court again, to be exercised in accordance with the rules of the underlying law formulated in Re Petition of MT Somare [1981] PNGLR 265.

The Somare Rules used as are as follows: a) The applicant will have standing if he or she has sufficient interest in the matter, which will be demonstrated if the applicant; • Has personal interests or rights that are directly affected by the subject matter of the application; or • Is a citizen who has a genuine concern for the subject matter of the application; or • Is the holder of a public office, the functions of which relate to the subject matter of the application.
b) The application must raise significant (not trivial vexatious, hypothetical or irrelevant) constitutional issues.
c) The applicant must not be a mere busybody meddling in other peoples affairs and must not be engaged in litigation for some improper motive, e.g. as a tactic of delay.
d) The fact that there are other ways of having constitutional issues determined by the Supreme Court does not mean that a person should be denied standing.

In determining the standing of the Opposition Leader, Justice Sakora preceded as such that when applying the four Somare rules to the case;

a) The applicant has a sufficient interest as he is a citizen who has a genuine concern for the subject matter of the application;
b) He wishes to raise significant constitutional issues;
c) He is not a mere busybody and he has no improper motive;
d) Though there are at least three other ways of having the constitutional issues determined by the Courts, this does not mean that he should be refused standing.

Therefore the applicant, Mr. Namah’s request for declaration of standing to make the application was granted; As was the Judgment accordingly: Order:
(1) The applicants request is granted.
(2) It is declared that the applicant has standing to make the application.
(3) The respondents shall pay the costs of and incidental to the hearing of the request to the applicant, on a party-party basis, which shall, if not agreed, be taxed.

Source: The Opposition, Papua New Guinea [Facebook Page]

Children of GOILALA – Deprived of EDUCATION

Students in Class - A class in the famous Tolukuma Gold mine Primary School
Students in Class – A class in the famous Tolukuma Gold mine Primary School

We have 40 primary schools in the district – 7 in Guri Local Level Government, 11 in Tapini Local Level Government, and 21 in Woitape Local Level Government.

Of all these 5 are suspended in Guari, having only 2 opened. Tapini has 4 suspended which 7 schools are open. Woitape Local Level Government has 9 suspended, 10 open and 2 nonexistent schools. These schools only exist and operate on paper.

The schools which are open are barely fully kitted and suffers are malnutrition life style where there is hardly a teacher in school for a full term for starters.
School materials are either stuck down in Port Moresby or at the airport awaiting to be air lift into a nearby airstrip which is kilometers away from the school.

There is also an issue where ghost board of governors for these schools exist and have systematically collaborated with people in the system to successfully open bank accounts for these schools with reputable banks. And once the school subsidies are released, these ghost Board Of Governors front up and pick up these cheques and have them deposited into these bank accounts and have it cleared for abuse and misuse.

The corrupt networks and their tentacles’ are truly eating away at the future of our kids who will become a lost generation in the next 10 years.

Whose fault is it that such exists? Is it the people? Is it the teachers? It is the education systems? Is it the National Education Department? It is the Government? Or is it the Children’s fault?

Children have the right to basic education. And by depriving them of this basic right, the government of Papua New Guinea is guilty of a crime against Humanity.

We deserve something better.

ABEDA OIL PALM – Central PROVINCE

A large oil palm project was launched today by governor Daniel Mona and developer Albright Limited witnessed by the Kubuna people.

Is Honorable DANIEL MONA is the GOVERNOR for CENTRAL PROVINCE?
That is what the Video clip on YouTube states. And this news item does implies MP Mona to be taking the lead in implementing this project without the presence of the MP for Kairuku Hiri [which obviously still been decided] and the Central Province Governor Honorable Kila Hoada is not invited.

Was Governor actually invited.

Saving Our Land.” Peoples Power against the Mining Company with Money Power.

Clive Porabou’s Trailer for his new Documentary “Saving Our Land”, on the struggle of the indigenous population of Mekamui/Bougainville against the re-opening of Panguna mine by Rio Tinto’s subsidy Bougainville Copper Limited. Panguna mine brought many problems to Mekamui and the war and military blockade which followed its closure in 1989 had cost the lives of 20 000 people, which was a fifth of the population. None of the indigenous people living on the Land and from the Land want the mine re-opened. They have opposed the principles of large-scale- mining already in the 60’s and just want to live in peace and harmony without the intrusion of international companies ripping them of their resources and destroying and polluting their island.

BELDEN NORMAN NAMAH – NO ORDINARY OPPOSITION LEADER. By David Ephraim

By David Ephraim

No ordinary Opposition Leader “For the love for my People and “MOTHERLAND” I will not be intimidated, harassed and suppressed by a desperate DESPOT DICTATOR. I will stand to fight against Corruption and corrupt people without fear”, the Opposition Leader of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Belden Norman Namah recently said.

Like Late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Belden Namah carries the hope of many ordinary people’s dreams to crack down on corruption especially of upper class Papua New Guineans who dominate and control the economy and political landscape in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is no different to any other democracy in Africa. From her social, health and economic development indexes she has not distanced herself from that category since her Independence from Australia. A country vast with untapped natural resource; where locals are proud to call an ‘Island floating on a sea of oil and sitting on mountains of gold. What make Namah unique in this context is that he speaks people’s language in the fight against systemic corruption.

He proved it as a Captain of PNGDF during the Sandline Crisis where he and other military personals carried out an operation called Operation Rausim Kwik (remove quickly) to remove foreign mercenaries from PNG who were being sent by the Chan government to kill Bougainvilleans in efforts to put an end to South Pacific’s longest the Civil War. He later was imprisoned for sedition in 2000 and was released on Parole in 2003. In 2007 Namah entered Papua New Guinea parliament as member elect for Vanimo-Green and during his first term served as Senior Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and now into his second term now again as Leader of Opposition.

In recent developments, PNG Opposition has reduced dramatically to only 5, however this does not detract the power of the Opposition Leader, in exposing corruption, who vowed – ‘Even if I am one man left I will keep fighting against corrupted people and corruption’. In the short history of Papua New Guinea; the current regime of Peter O’Neill has proven, against all odds, the withholding of District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) Development Grants for members of Opposition – pushing majority of Opposition bench to join ruling regime. This issue is now in court after Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil filed a case against Finance Minister James Marape. There was also concern expressed last year by the Opposition that the office of the Opposition had been deprived of funding. In an undemocratic manner against the spirit of good governance, the O’Neill regime has hand-picked and appointed political affiliates, with the majority of development contracts awarded to political affiliated companies and also political interference and appointment of personnel into Police and Military of the country.

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, is faced with allegations of alleged signing a letter directing payment to a local Law firm. The allegation he totally denies; however, the principal of the law firm and others were arrested, but somehow the National Executive Council established Task Force SWEEP as they call themselves released media statements clearing Prime Minister though the signature belongs to the Prime Minister who claimed the letter was forged. Many controversial theories surrounding the letter abound. One version said he signed it while he was drunk. The Prime Minister publicly announced last year that he will stop drinking alcohol. Does that not mean the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea was an alcoholic? Who would expect things to get more complicated and troubling when he continues to hold on to the Ministry of Police after his Minister of Police (also currently facing very serious charges) was subjected to elections appeal case where the courts declared a by-election for the former police minister’s electorate.

In a turn of events, early last week PNG Police Commissioner Toami Kulunga issued a media statement threatening to arrest the Opposition leader after the Opposition Leader raised concerns in his letter to the Police Commissioner over the Police Commissioners failure to allow police officers to investigate and carry out their constitutional duties in what has become widely known as the Parakagate Saga and scandal involving the Prime Minister and his two cabinet ministers Don Polye and James Marape. Prior to this, the Police Commissioner also reportedly directed Inspector Malpe Mazuc (OIC-CID) and Senior Constable Vincent Raymond to obtain a search warrant filled with mistakes and wrong number but reportedly somehow managed to obtain personal mobile data belonging to the Leader of Opposition from local state owned mobile operator Bemobile. By doing that; the struggling mobile network operator has broken customer agreement contract something that will likely undermine future hopes for the state owned mobile operator.

Many questions surround who would authorize such information to a faulty search warrant presented to Bemobile. Bemobile chairman Andrew Johnson is a close associate of PNG Prime Minister, a foreigner who has made himself successful with his multi-media company Pacific View Media. It is understood that current CEO of Bemobile Sundar Ramamurthy, again another foreigner, who has dominated the PNG Internet industry for years before the arrival of Digicel Mobile Network later. Mr. Ramamurthy sold his company Datanets to Digicel PNG and worked with Digicel before he was appointed CEO of local rival Bemobile. Upon his appointment to Bemobile number of skilled local employees; where given marching orders and leading up to him bringing in certain foreigners to fill those positions. However, what is more disturbing is that why would a career CEO allow such unwarranted action to obtain personal data information of country’s Leader of Opposition. So it has become clear, when people, hundreds of people (reportedly 1000 people), turned up in numbers at short notice at the Opposition Leaders residence in Port Moresby on Sunday to support the Opposition leader’s fight against corruption.

A call for support had been made, on social media, by anti-corruption activist Noel Anjo Kolao who volunteered to be arrested with the Opposition Leader. Members of the mobile squad units, especially flown down from the Highlands recently, who arrived to arrest the Opposition Leader, were reportedly chased away by a large crowd who had already congregated outside the Opposition Leaders residence. The situation reportedly became dangerous as people refused to allow the Opposition Leader to be arrested and the numbers of people turning up after church kept on swelling. Thereby forcing the Opposition Leaders lawyers to seek and obtain an urgent restraining order, granted on Sunday afternoon, against the Police Commissioner. It reminds me of a foreign backed coup in Venezuela to over throw Hugo Chavez.

In this case the ruling political regime and their foreign advisors and political sponsors will do anything to stop any true Melanesian and local political leader and true Papua New Guinean legislator with a clear voice to crush corruption of the upper class and foreigners dominating the political and economic base of 8 million people. Papua New Guinea has woken to realize it has hope remaining because of 1000 people from all sectors of society fronting up to support Hon. Belden Namah. The entire population of this great nation should realize what type of battles we fight to win the war against corruption. It’s not against our own people but against systems dominated and controlled by political dynasties & tribal mafia like form of governance dominated by certain regions of Papua New Guinea. Our future starts now, let’s put an end to this madness.

WHY HAVE LEADERSHIP PROBLEMS IN PNG EVEN IN THE WORLD TODAY? By Vincent Moses

Starting with these basic building blocks, it's easy to illustrate what good leadership looks like. People will always follow an effective leader toward a ...
Starting with these basic building blocks, it’s easy to illustrate what good leadership looks like. People will always follow an effective leader toward a …
eing an effective leader is learned skill, but you can apply some simple techniques to build and drive a powerful team.
eing an effective leader is learned skill, but you can apply some simple techniques to build and drive a powerful team.

MANY LEADERSHIP PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY AND EVEN IN THE WORLD TODAY?

My own perception of leadership. Just some random thoughts that came to mind while I was sitting in church, waiting for the service to start. Here goes:

“Every human born into this world was created, designed and purposed by God to be a leader! Many of us who were created, designed and purposed for this ultimate pinnacle in life have sadly become nothing more than followers.

Adam and Eve were created, designed, purposed and per-destined to LEAD and DOMINATE the earth. God commanded them to subdue the earth and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and over every living thing that lived on the surface of the earth. Mankind lost this PURPOSE and DESTINY when he fell into sin.

SIN is the problem that DISTORTED God’s predestined plan and purpose for man. Instead of DOMINATING, RULING and SUBDUING the Earth, man began applying these leadership traits to one another. God NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER EVER commanded mankind to dominate or “LEAD” one another. The concept of leadership is an introduced concept which was introduced after SIN entered human lives. Mankind was no longer in connection to his SOURCE for EVERYTHING he would ever need to fulfill his PREDESTINED PURPOSE.

Instead of looking to God and linking up with God to lead us by his Holy Spirit, we allowed fellow men and women to LEAD US, MANIPULATE US, CONTROL US, OPPRESS US, SUPPRESS US etc, etc. There is no such thing as perfect leadership as long as SIN is present in our lives. Once we deal with the sin problem in our lives by REMOVING IT COMPLETELY, we restore the BRIDGE and the CONNECTION back to God. God HIMSELF will be our LEADER THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT WHICH CONNECTS WITH OUR HUMAN SPIRIT.

In a sin infested world, leadership is necessary to maintain ORDER. In a SIN FREE World, there is no need for human leadership because EVERY MAN will be led by God himself.

I therefore conclude that BAD LEADERSHIP by our fellow fallen, sinful man exists to drive us closer to God and most importantly, drive and compel us to ERADICATE TOTALLY the SIN problem in our lives. Only when sin is dealt with and removed from our lives, then we will become temples of God and he will dwell in us and be our leader. We will no longer need religious or circular leadership to lead us to fulfil our PREDESTINED PURPOSE in life.

 

 

MONEYAU VILLAGE POWERED UP UNDER BULOLO DISTRICT RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAM

DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER PRESS RELEASE

SUBJECT: MONEYAU VILLAGE POWERED UP UNDER BULOLO DISTRICT RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMSam 2

An overdue 2012 power supply program which was stalled due to PNG Power Limited’s shortages of MSK Units and easy pay power meters saw the supply finally delivered last Friday when the Bulolo District Management Team went into action to install power supplies into 31 new houses in Moneyau Village, Buang LLG on Sunday 19th January 2014.
In spite of the delays encountered in implementing this program, the 31 families in this remote village will now have access to power supply to equalizing their living standards with their fellow Papua New Guineans living in urban centers.
Mr Basil said the villagers that are now receiving basic services back home are now living more comfortably within their rural settings than people living in urban settlements in Papua New Guinea.

In settlements there is no land for gardening or for settlers to engage themselves in small scale business activities while law and order situation drives fear into everyone and without any formal employment life is unimaginable.
In the villages which are now benefiting from the rural electrification programs, power rates are at rural rates while water which is gravity fed is free of charge.The people in the villages can now engage themselves in cash cropping and other small scale businesses activities to sustain their livelihood.
Mr. Basil urged the people in his electorate who have already benefited from the rural electrification program to engage themselves in small scale businesses activities and improve their life style.

We need a small office services such as a small businesses with computers and printers who can write and print letters, a small internet café using digicel or vsat internet access that business can be operated from homes.
There is also a need for boiler makers to return home with their wielding machines to provide wielding services such as house posts, repairs to vehicle frames and other associated services.

Trade stores in the villages are now equipped with drink chillers and deep freezers and are selling ice cream, cold drinks, ice blocks, store fresh meat and other cold products.The village people are currently enjoying what people in major urban centers would normally enjoy and it is happening here in the remote rural villages.

The income of the villagers which boosts the spending power and increases cashflow in the area comes from the proceeds of cash crops, markets, visiting relatives for holidays from urban areas, PMV businesses and small village organizations like the churches and various village groups.
Mr. Basil said the government must invest more money into the rural areas to supply the basic needs of existing urban areas for example Bulolo District and the other 8 district can use Lae as their selling point.

In Lae, PNGPL and business houses equipped with back up power generators are paying hefty fuel bills that runs into hundreds of millions of kina which benefit the fuel retailers with marginal financial returns but the bulk of the proceeds are remitted back to the Singapore refinery company that sells bulk fuel.
These millions of kina can be re-directed back into the 8 districts of Morobe Province if the government can make these districts generate hydro power and sell power back into the Lae-grid through the hydro power programs.

SamBecause the government cannot spend much money on such programs, there are investors who are willing to spend money to create hydro power in partnership with the local people. The government must create an environment which is condusive to attract investors through the provision of appropriate tax incentives.The cost of building a hydro power station stands at K10m per megawatt and the government doesn’t have to spend a toea at all.
Another potential area of investment in Morobe Province lies in limestone minning and quarrying. If fully exploited by investors and well regulated by the Government, the cement factory in Lae can include a furnace to burn local limestone for cement production. This will bring cash back into the villages instead of importation of limestone from overseas just for packaging and labelling in Lae city.

The same goes to limestone products that are used by Morobe Mining Joint Venture to process their gold in Hidden Valley and the chicken feed factories which also use lime as a supplementary for chicken feed.
Since independence successive Governments have not paid attention to improving the livelihood of the rural people through the implementation of viable programs and projects as such while allowing billions of kina to pass through offshore transactions for goods and services that can be provided locally if we look hard enough.

According to Mr. Basil, the powering of the village houses and shifting of business opportunities into rural communities in his District in basically intended to discourage rural-urban migration, attract people in urban centers to return home and also to encourage and promote equal participation by rural people in all aspects of development so that we can see PNG developing from all corners as anticipated by our visionary fore-fathers when they took us on the road to independence some 38 years ago.

Political leaders of today must remind themselves that the bulk of the 7.5 million people this country still live in the rural areas of PNG and sustain their livelihood through subsistence farming and cash cropping and they must not be forgotten.

Sam 6Mr. Basil thanked PNG Power Limited for a job well done and had requested for continued support to this program under the rural electrification program and asked the Government to support PNG Power Limited and its Management in whatever ways they can to facilitate service delivery to the people because PNG Power Limited holds the key to PNG’s overall progress and prosperity.

When delivering the power supply to the people of Moneyau Village, the service oriented Member for Bulolo has appealed to his people to take ownership of the services made available to them and make the best use of the same for their own benefits. We have fought all odds to deliver such services to your door steps and it becomes your responsibilities as recipients to to look after it and benefit from the same. Mr, Basil concluded.
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Mr. SAM BASIL, Bulolo MP Deputy Opposition Leader
19th January 2014.