January 14,2015, 01:21 am
VARIOUS arms of government have been urged to take the lead in assisting remote communities in the mountainous district of Goilala in Central Province.
This cry for assistance was made yesterday by the Catholic Bishop of Bereina Rochus Tatamai. His diocese covers the district.
Bishop Rochus said basic services such as health, education and pastoral presence were needed in these areas.
Missionaries, public servants as well as ordinary people have died over the years while trying to provide services to the people up in the mountains while travelling on light planes.
“There is no other way around for places like Guari-Kamulai, Fane, Ononghe, Jongai and Kerau, but through flying into the mountains on small planes,” the Bishop said.
Bishop Rochus raised his concern following the plane crash in September last year that killed four people and left five others injured, including a diocesan priest from Bereina.
The plane crashed 300 metres from Mt Lawes, near the Hiritano Highway.
The aircraft was on charter to the church with much needed supplies for Goilala and was returning to Port Moresby when it crashed in bad weather.
He said while the Church was present in the Goilala area, it was not capable of delivering all the needed services due to limited resources and the geographical circumstances of the area.
“Priests, teachers and health workers can only do so much and they can only cope with so much for so long.
“Adding that political will and leadership as well as commitment and action were needed in the electorate so that people from these remote parts would feel they were included in national development.
“It is for this reason that we are calling upon the various arms of government to take the lead and we will surely complement,” he said.
The Bishop’s call comes as the official Vatican News Network announced at the weekend that the Vatican took note of murders last May of Father Jerry Inau and communion minister Benedict in the Goilala mountains of Kamulai as the result of inter-tribal tensions.
It reported the Vatican noting that the killers had not been caught and brought to justice.