Mona Rolls Out K173,000.00 in Port Moresby while Goilala schools Deteriorate into Oblivion

The member made a whirlwind tour of four institutions in Port Moresby that have students from the members electorate enrolled to make presentations of funds for tuition fees last week. [16-27 June 2014]

(in floral shirt) MP Daniel Mona presenting a cheque to Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies.
(in floral shirt) MP Daniel Mona presenting a cheque to Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies.

All funds were from the district’s District Services Improvement Program and disbursed through the Louise Mona Foundation, which is focused on serving the educational needs of the Goilala people.

The MP has no doubt realized the need to invest into Human Resources of Goilala and he is doing it with flying colors.

However if one looks closely at the schools MP Mona is sponsoring students school fees in, most of these schools are Port Moresby schools.

Port Moresby schools which has Goilala students who parents have dwelled in Port Moresby for some years. Add onto this fact, none of these Goilala parents did not vote for Daniel K Mona during the elections.

So really the people who voted for Daniel K Mona are back in the District with their children struggling to pay for their school fees, we have a bunch of students whose parents are reaping off the sweat of those back in the village.

There is nothing wrong with Goilala MP paying school fees for Goilala students, after all. Because when these students complete their studies, they will eventually return home (?) to contribute to the development of the district.

However lets be fair here.

The schools which MP Mona is paying the schools fees for Goilala students are in Port Moresby. The capital city of Papua New Guinea which has its own political representatives. Been situated in the nation’s capital, one can already conclude that these schools that these students attend are well off in terms of infrastructure, standards, teachers, teachers welfare and so on so fort.

Are the schools in Goilala up to those standards? Are the students educated using up to date facilities? Are the teachers welfare well taken cares off? The infrastructure of the schools up in Goilala, are they up to speed with those in Port Moresby?

Are the elected representatives of these Port Moresby electorates incompetent and not performing their duties and taking care of the people within their constitiuencies hence Daniel K Mona sees it necessary to help out and rescue his own kind?

While MP Mona is rolling out K173,000.00 in school fees across Port Moresby and respectfully Tertiary institutions across Papua New Guinea for Goilala students, back in Goilala, District, 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, with only 2 opened. Tapini LLG has 4 suspended with 7 schools open. Woitape Local Level Government has 9 suspended, 10 open and 2 nonexistent schools. These nonexistent schools only exist and operate on paper.

The schools that are open and operating are short staffed at most times. Classes are adhoc and in some schools teachers are assigned more than two classes to teach. Classrooms are built using bush materials. And teaching materials are at most time out of stock.

If that if is not enough suffering already, teacher have to walk for miles to reach their schools. And walk miles again to get to the nearest airstrip to fly out to Port Moresby to refurnish their school supplies. And with the unroutine, inconsistent service flights that is provided by single engine aircrafts which operates in Goilala, staff travel to and from Port Moresby is never a gurranteed, and confirmed booking. Its more dependent on availability of an aircraft.

And with all these undesired turn of events and situations faced by staff, the ones which are mostly affected are the students.

They miss classes as the result of their teachers not been in class.

All in all, while our good MP is spending most of his time down here in Port Moresby, the following is the case in his home District of Goilala.

Guari Meipa Community School - Photo by Jude Taiari Siperi
Guari Meipa Community School – Photo by Jude Taiari Siperi

 

Current St Mary Mackillop Prim. School was previously known as Tororo Com. Sch.. It was not really steadily built in one location during 70's.It moved alone loloipa from Tororo to Gupou,Koiava,Ariomu back to Koiava, Tororo, Gupou and finally, it is built here in Koiava permanently with morden building with catholic mission(fr. Brian). Now we have 3 doubble classrooms and 6 two rooms L40 houses for staffs.. We only need water supply and mini hydro for teachers to plan and teach stuents well. Photo provide by Joe Pota.
Current St Mary Mackillop Prim. School was previously known as Tororo Com. Sch.. It was not really steadily built in one location during 70’s.It moved alone loloipa from Tororo to Gupou,Koiava,Ariomu back to Koiava, Tororo, Gupou and finally, it is built here in Koiava permanently with morden building with catholic mission(fr. Brian). Now we have 3 doubble classrooms and 6 two rooms L40 houses for staffs.. We only need water supply and mini hydro for teachers to plan and teach stuents well. Photo provide by Joe Pota.

 

 

Fatima Community School New Double Classroom - funded and built by the Catholic Church. No input from the MP for Goilala Honorable Daniel K Mona
Fatima Community School New Double Classroom – funded and built by the Catholic Church. No input from the MP for Goilala Honorable Daniel K Mona

 

Koiloa Community School students has never seen, nor heard about any Member of Parliment ever ever helping the out. In their world, MPs of Parliment does not exist. And they dont care. While MP Mona rocks and rolls down the Nations capital.
Koiloa Community School students has never seen, nor heard about any Member of Parliment ever ever helping the out.
In their world, MPs of Parliment does not exist. And they dont care. While MP Mona rocks and rolls down the Nations capital.
Kerau Community School students in their classroom built using bush materials while MP Mona rolls out schools for well to do schools. Very responsible aye?
Kerau Community School students in their classroom built using bush materials while MP Mona rolls out schools for well to do schools.
Very responsible aye?
Sopu Community School has been closed since 1998. This is the school i did my grade 6 and went onto Tapini Sacred Heart High School and now to where I am. Can this school be re-open? But whose responsibility is that? While it still remains close, MP Mona rolls out K173,000 in Port Moresby for Port Moresby School. That is what we call investment in the Goilala people.
Sopu Community School has been closed since 1998. This is the school i did my grade 6 and went onto Tapini Sacred Heart High School and now to where I am.
Can this school be re-open? But whose responsibility is that? While it still remains close, MP Mona rolls out K173,000 in Port Moresby for Port Moresby School.
That is what we call investment in the Goilala people.

Petition - Tapini Sacred Heart High School

 

While Mona is rolling out his grand plan in his Electorate in Port Moresby we are still carry coffee bags... looking for markets.
While Mona is rolling out his grand plan in his Electorate in Port Moresby we are still carry coffee bags… looking for markets.

 

Talk about been confused with their area of responsibility, knowing which is your jurisdiction and which is not. This confusion is fully defined by Honorable Member for Goilala, Mr Daniel K Mona.

LAWLESSNESS IS RAMPANT IN GOILALA.

I was on the phone with one of my old school mates in Tapini. He is now a teacher and is back home in Tapini LLG teaching in his local village school. The school he completed his Primary School back in early 1990s.

He sadly told me the usage of illicit drug – marijuana is so rampant and the rate at which illegal activities are occurring is so alarming.

Young man take drugs openly. Production of home brew is done in open and drinking of home brew is a everyday activity.

No one cares and fear the Laws no more.

Women & children are no longer moving around freely. Old and elderly are just no longer respected.

The police stationed at Tapini Station are helpless and powerless. They cant do much except watch.

Since the murder of that young Revival Church pastor in the mountain ranges between Tapini and Fane, s chain of.brutal and gruesome murders within Tapini and surrounding areas.

Young Pastor Who lost his life at the hands of thugs
Young Pastor Who lost his life at the hands of thugs

My teacher brother told me over the phone there was a murder of a young lady in Tapini, which never got any attention from Police and the authorities.

Other murders happened in Vatokoipa, which involved two brothers. No one moved a fly. Another Ita man murdered his wife at Apolot, no one bothered.

The very recent one involved a young man who was rushed to Tapini and onto port Moresby and he is fighting for his life at Pom Gen.

There was a gang rape incident at Kovetapa recently and again nothing has been done.

And the culprits are free and enjoying life like some untouchable invincible heroes who can’t be touched by anyone.

This is only Tapini LLG. How about Woitape LLG and Guari LLG?

Well Guari LLG lawlessness made headlines we all know. And needless to say no one has been arrested in relation to any of the murders that took place there.

Woitape LLG seem to have a span of peace and harmony thus far. But that because of the Gold mine at Tolukuma which has employed nearly all young hence the rate of lawlessness in that corner of Goilala District seem minimized.

Fight against Lawlessness is not an easy task.

With the remoteness of our District, this is one hell of a task that will have to require careful, strategic and smart approach.

One very handy option in this whole Law & Order issue is the Village Court system.

Empowering this very, currently unused network will go a long way in helping to reduce lawlessness.

Empower this village court officials, retire the old and dying pre-colonial officers, and recruit young educated and train them so they can return and work in their respective villages.

To make their jobs easy, ensure communication networks are extended deep into the remote corners of Goilala so information, reports & messages are sent & received real time.

We all admit there is no miracle solution to this problem.

But this problems can be minimized, reduced and eradicated from our societies.

But the problem is our Leaders at political.level, our leaders within district Administrations, our chiefs and elders at villages aren’t doing much except lip talk and fold arms and watch.

Until we wake up from our slumber, this lawlessness will continue from.already bad levels to worse situations.

It is better to Prevent an accident now then to cure a disease when it matures.

GOD BLESS GOILALA.

Mona rolls out K173,000 for Goilala students. By MATTHEW VARI

Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Sunday Chronicle, PNG)

(in floral shirt) MP Daniel Mona presenting a cheque to Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies.
(in floral shirt) MP Daniel Mona presenting a cheque to Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies.
(floral shirt) Mona presenting cheque to UPNG accounts staff.
(floral shirt) Mona presenting cheque to UPNG accounts staff.

MEMBER for Goilala District in Central Province Daniel Mona, challenge his students to change the face of their district from one that is stereotyped with a bad reputation, to one that is focused on building its human resource.

The member made a whirlwind tour of four institutions in Port Moresby that have students from the members electorate enrolled to make presentations of funds for tuition fees last week.

Students from the district were all smiles as their respective schools of the Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies (K100,000), University of Papua New Guinea (K20,000), Koki Vocational (K20,000), Hohola Youth Centre (5,000), and the Divine Word University (K28,000).

All funds were from the district’s District Services Improvement Program and disbursed through the Louise Mona Foundation, which is focused on serving the educational needs of the Goilala people.

“Through this program we have increased funding allocation for our students from last year’s allocation of K500,000 to this year of K900,000.” Mona said.

“It cost a lot of money to get educated, and today’s world is about getting an education and holding job to succeed in your life.”

“Your parents visit to a lot for your sake to have a good life, and rightly so as I am your mandated leader I have allocated what your money and is not mine.”

During the presentation of funds the Goilala MP also made a challenge and blunt warning to his students to not take the opportunity lightly- saying that their continuation under the program would be result based.

“You have to do well as these funds have been put to you- our greatest resource, and if you do not you- you will be off the program,” he reminded them.

“These funds could go to other services in the district but have been given for you as education is one resource that serves not only you but also your families back home.”

“There is this saying in my district that for every working Goilalan in the city looks after 1,000 people.”

He said that it was his administration’s aim to create elites for the district who would in turn changes the district’s image.

Mid 2014 & No Improvement for Goilala Politically

How sad for the rural people back at home in the Goilala district. In 2012 they chose Daniel Mona to be their MP in Parliament. They trusted Daniel and thought he would know the hardships they go through and set up infrastructure and bring back basic services. To-date MP Mona has yet to have an office or a residential home in the District’s HQ.

His younger siblings (haven’t seen much of elder bro Paul involved) continue to use the district’s DSIP funds as personal financial account for the family.
A “paper” contractor named ‘Madada Contractors’ owned by one of his 2 sisters continues to draw money from the funds.

Younger brother John seem to be the main misuser and owner of these monies.
Acquitting has been going on for a while and is still in progress. These acquittals, if done honestly will determine whether the MP face PAC and “thereafter”. After all the member has already been to the OC’s office twice.

Maggie’s Seafood Restaurant has become the “kitchen” for the family. The outspoken John can call in there anytime and pick up any number of takeaways and charge it to the “family account”.

Meanwhile the newly appointed District Treasurer has been suspended after been beaten up severely by the military personal for crushing the District Treasurer’s vehicle onto one of the Defence vehicles.

The District Administrator is the worse, he has become the robot for the MP.

I have watched, listened and learned these from people and these are my views and opinions, you can only be your own judge.

GOILALA HIGHWAY IS A DEAD END HIGHWAY.

Goilala Highway is our only road link from Goilala District to PortMoresby.Goilala District? Nah. Its more appropriate to say this highway connects Tapini Station to Port Moresby. Nothing else.So its more appropriate and fitting to call this highway Mona Highway which is its original name anyway.

The surround villages near Tapini – Erume, Pilitu, Koruavu, Lavavai, Tavuniav – aint close enough to Tapini to be able to feed off from this road link. Erume may be connected but its not as good as it should be.

So really Tapini station is the only station that this highway connects. And the people there are served. No one else.

So in as far as Goilala is concern, what form of transportation is best suited to us, reaches a good majority of people and villages and benefits us adequately?

Road transport seem an option but the main constraints are the terrain of our home district which is mountainous and rugged, having steep mountain ranges and separated by fast flowing rivers.

Building a road through this will take time, require a lot of funding and the expertise and labor required with equipment. Acquiring funds for this road works will bankrupt Goilala for a good long while.

So road transport isn’t worth it in short term. But can be slowly attended to in a long term.

Sea transport is a No-No obviously because we are inland. We don’t have oceans up there.

Air transport seem our only hope and ticks off all the boxes with ease.
It reaches a widely situated villages, serves 100% of Goilalas population, and has already built airstrips across Goilala covering literally all corners of Goilala.

If our leaders had the foresight, these airstrips would have been funded fully, have them re-opened, maintained/repaired to ensure third level airlines operating/servicing Goilala’s safety is guaranteed.

After having these airstrips re-opened and completely safe for traveling public, these leader would then bring in necessary lacking/missing services like health, schools and other vital services to the people.

Without working, safe and up-to-date transportation system in our District, been a rugged and mountainous terrain, bringing in Development of any sort is a far cry. And impossible.

To bring about change, a strategic plan has to be thought out and drafted and priority areas/services identified and funded accordingly.

And if our leaders had the heart for our people and place, transportation, especially air transport, would have taken spot Number one.

Once Goilala is opened up and easily accessible, from outside, other basic services which are currently lacking will flow through using transportation.

Again, no working and safe transport system mean no development. Its just simple and pure as that.

If our leaders and those in decision making positions has not realized this than either they lack the mental capacity or just they just isn’t fit to run an office of this magnitude.

To solve a problem, one has to identify the cause, identify the causes if the problem, think out an action plan and come up with a solution. Implement the plan/solution and then review it to ensure what has been decided upon is working.

Right now we are having leaders who are going around acting like First Aid Kit specialists giving out band aid solutions to a tropical ulcer.

This ulcer does not need pain killers and pain relief medications/solutions.

What is required is a thorough, systematic examination of the patient’s history, life style, habits, preferences and hobbies before a solution is identified.

If no one has noticed this then we got nowhere else to go.

GOD BLESS GOILALA.

VERGIL NAROKOBI COMPARES PAST AND PRESENT & SUMARISES THE POLITICAL TURMOIL

Its time for Papua New Guineans to call an ace an ace and a spade a spade!

The call for the resignation by the Prime Minister is a political question, not so much
a legal question. The Prime Minister, like anybody who goes through the criminal justice system is innocent until proven guilty.

Here are some matters the Prime Minister should consider when making that decision.

Kua was Somare’s lawyer in the misconduct allegations against Somare. They went through the judicial process to challenge the OC. They failed. But they fronted up at the Leadership Tribunal, went through the process, found guilty by the Tribunal, paid the fine and life goes on.

Skate resigned as Prime Minister paving the way for Sir Mekere to come in an atmosphere of serious allegations leveled against him.

Julius Chan resigned when public opinion against him was overwhelming in the Sandline Affair. We hold public office as custodians for the people. If they are wrong in their convictions, they stand to suffer.

That is the nature of our democracy. We have nothing to lose. It’s their office. There are important national matters that the Prime Minister must attend to. There are roads to be built, hospitals to maintain, doctors to be trained, borders to be protected, investors to meet and the list goes on.

If one is busy fighting a criminal matter, looking over one’s shoulder when the next counter move will be made, attending a Commission of Inquiry, sacking “disobedient” ministers and servants of the state, how can one give their 100% level best to serve the interest of the country? One’s time and attention is divided.

One cannot serve two masters. “To be or not to be, that is the question”. Whilst one serve office, they enjoy the confidence of the people. If that confidence is no longer apparent in one’s leadership, and we are a democracy, it is an irreconcilable position to be in and one must do the honourable thing and resign.

A leaf should be taken out of the dissenting opinion of the member of Leadership Tribunal Sir Robin Auld in the Somare Leadership Tribunal who thought that Somare should be dismissed from office. He said, “what would the reasonable person at Gordon’s market think about it?”

What would the ordinary Papua New Guinean think the Prime Minister should do under the present circumstances? When the Prime Minister relies on his privilege as a Member of Parliament to avoid a warrant of arrest, it raises the question whether one is using his office for personal gain and therefore misconduct in office under s 27 of the Constitution.

Does an ordinary Papua New Guinean have that privilege when they are called into question by the police? When a Commission of Inquiry is set up to exonerate one from a criminal allegation, when the same question can be raised in one’s defence before a court of law, it raises the question of whether the Prime Minister is using his office for personal gain and therefore misconduct in office.

How many ordinary Papua New Guineans can set up a Commission of Inquiry when they are called into question by the police. When a Minister of State is decommissioned for dubious reasons, which a reasonable person can infer for not giving concurring advice to avert investigation and arrest, that raises the question of whether one is using one’s office for personal gain and therefore misconduct in office.

When a career serving police officer is sidelined for purportedly ordering the arrest of a Police Commissioner whose decisions have been in one’s interest, that raises the question of possible misconduct in office. Again the same can be said for Task Force Sweep.

Task Force is an administrative arrangement. It is not a statutory body. When the Opposition called for its disbanding, it was ignored. There would have been good legal grounds to disband it. Now that the subject of the investigation is the Prime Minister, it is dismantled. Is that a case of using public office for personal gain? Paul Tienstein obviously would say yes despite his desperate plea that it was “politically
motivated”.

How many inmates in Bomana would also like to have a Commission of Inquiry into their conviction on the basis of that they were wrongfully convicted. A life is a life, no matter who you are. It is a wrong signal to the people of Papua New Guinea that there are two sets of laws.

There are national security issues at stake here. The longer the matter pro-longs the potential for widespread discontent arises. Stand-off between and among the disciplined officers is a serious threat. Investor confidence will be impaired and the gains from LNG will be lost over night. Its time to make the hard decision for the national interest.

There appears to be another potential stand-off between the executive and the judiciary.
The same question on the legality of the payments to Paraka Lawyers is being determined by the court in his criminal matter. The same question will confront the Prime Minister if he is charged.

By setting up a Commission of Inquiry, a quasi-judicial body will deal with the same question. It is questioning the independence of the judiciary. This is not in the national interest. If the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has no faith in the police and the judiciary to determine the truth of the allegations against him, his own people, but choosing instead to rely on a Commission of Inquiry headed by
an Australian, are we than a failed state?

As the Opposition Leader said, “Prime Minister you are the first man in Papua New Guinea”.
If you don’t believe in me, who else will? The reason I have made this decision to make
this call, is that Sam Koim an ordinary Papua New Guinean has put his hand up for Papua
New Guinea, and I would be ashamed to call myself a Papua New Guinean if I did not honor his courage by having something to say. His involvement in the investigation suggests to me that there is no “political
motivation”.

After all he was appointed by the Prime Minister and has nothing to gain
or lose except his reputation.

WOITAPE GETS ROYALTY SUM OF K1.3M FROM TOLUKUMA – POST COURIER

THE Woitape Local Level Government in Goilala district, Central Province, recently received K1.3m in royalty payment from Tolukuma Gold Mines (TGM). The payment was received by LLG president Joe Geru, from the Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited chief executive officer Sam Inguba, witnessed by the Mineral Resource Authority managing director Philip Samar.

The amount is an accumulated figure for the years 2007-2012, which has been held back by TGM because the Woitape LLG does not have a bank account. The LLG requested TGM to have their royalties transferred into the custody of the MRA until such time as they are organized to receive directly their entitlement.

The occasion then was to witness the payment of the royalty to Woitape LLG and then having these funds transferred into the custody of the MRA. The royalty amount is consistent with the revised Tolukuma project Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), which provides for 10% of total royalties to be paid to the LLG. The rest of the royalty go to the Yulai Landowners Association (80%) and Central provincial government (10%).

Mr Geru expressed gratitude towards agencies involved in ensuring that the royalty was paid. It is understood the money has been earmarked for impact projects in the area. Mr Inguba said the project had changed many hands over the life of the mine, with Tolukuma under Petromin taking over in the last five years.

He said it was true that during those years the landowners had not seen much development resulting from the operations of the mine. However, the company has now strategized itself to bring better development to the area.

Mr Samar said the MRA is happy to be the custodian of these funds but has challenged the Woitape LLG to establish their bank account so these funds can be transferred to enable the LLG president to take responsibility over these funds.

Source: Post Courier.