I write as an independent thinker after much thought on the pros and cons of the concept of a Nation Highway going through Tapini and for that matter the part of Goilala District. I am aware of the proponents of the proposed road link on the grounds of nothing constructive except on sheer fear confronted by the reality of ‘other’ people infiltrating our lands and grabbing land for nothing. This fear is created by wanting to hold on and not to let go. Yes, these are genuine fears and I have held them since now, after I gave myself another opportunity to you to think again. Thinking of negativity that will be forced upon us as a result of opening up the corridor to connect Papua New Guinea are nothing compared to the benefits this will bring to us.
Let me name some of these many benefits :
@ Access to good road
@ easy access to the Port Moresby markets for our local farmers
@ little economic activity like opening up Tucker shops for our people living along the highway
@ people building their good permanent homes because good road enables them to bring up building materials from POM.
@ improvement to the standard of lifederal
@ district administration don’t have to worry about the road maintenance but concentrate on opening feeder road network around Goilala from Tapini
OF course the disadvantages people foresee happeningcould be:
@ foreigners infiltrating our lands
@ land grabbing by these foreigners
I can only find two disadvantages. Intermarriage is not an issue. This is a personal matter. If people want to marry another person outside then they are free to make that choice.
The condition of Goilala highway must be course of concern for us who are affected every year. Governments come and go but the people are the same. There is no continuity in the service delivery mechanisms in the Goilala District. New member new style of leadership, new people. There is no consistency. We perennial style government that does not have plans to achieve. They live by their stomachs.
At least let us agree for the national highway to go through Tapini in order for our people to benefit. I bet many of our people living in Port Moresby will return when accessibility to services they are after open up again at home.
For these I believe that a National Highway going through Tapini -Goilala would be a blessing for our people.