EDUCATION IN GOILALA – PRACTICAL PATHWAY – MY OPINION.

Recently, there have been talks on social media about a practical pathway for Education in Goilala.

Tapini Station
Tapini Station

According to the Catholic Church Agency, the best pathway for Education in Goilala is “the plan we have in place now incorporates the new structure of 1-6-6 (Elementary-Primary-Secondary), and allows for the sensible, sequential building up of what is a fragile system of education in the district.”

What I understand out of this plan is there will be ONLY ONE Secondary High School in Goilala. Which will get intakes from Primary Schools in Goilala. These primary schools will get its intakes from Elementary schools where kids are prepared for Primary schools.

Without trying to ask for what type of plans Government – Provincial Education board and District Education sector – has for Education in Goilala, I personally support the Catholic Church agency with their plan.

My reasons are as follows.

[1] Catholic Agency is the sole Authority responsible for Education in Goilala.
It’s a Law. If this was to be reversed, they another Law has to be drawn up to repel the Agency ownership arrangement.

[2] Catholic Agency plan suits Goilala far better.
Goilala Community schools are known for inconsistency. The number of classes in each school is not steady. Hence the supply of Grade 7 students into Tapini is very inconsistent as well.

To cater for this, having a large number of Primary schools to choose from would help Tapini Sacred Heart High School cover and make up its numbers to ensure the student population attending Tapini SHHS is stable.

[3] Goilalas Always Dont Consider Education a Priority.
Parents in Goilala don’t prioritize education so much. That is why putting their children in School is not seen as a MUST thing to do. This is one reason why student enrollment at each school is very unpredictable.

[4] No Income generating Avenues in Goilala.
There is no money to pay for children’s school fees. This is why parents can not afford to enroll their kids in School. This act directly contributes to less student enrolled, which over 6 years results in fewer intakes into Tapini SHHS.

[5] Goilala Does not have the Population.
Goilalas populations do not warrant a second High School in Goilala. We are OK having one Secondary High School which can take in students from all Primary schools in Goilala.

[6] Tapini SHHS is the BEST PERFORMING SHHS.
Why compete against the best when all you can do is Join and be part of the BEST.

[7] Government Run Schools Breeds and Promote Corruption.
Abuse and misuse and incompetence in the public service machinery of PNG is one fact that can not be ignored if we want to ensure the Future leaders of Goilala are schooled effectively and efficiently using competent and professional teachers who abide by and are controlled by very strict Catholic Church principles and Rules and Regulations.

Other points I can add include [a] Infrastructure [b] Teacher shortage [c] Corruption within Goilala Education sector and others but I might bore you to sleep.

Let us be practical and brutal in trying to address education in Goilala.

We are fortunate to have Catholic Agency manage our Education system in Goilala. If it was run/managed by Government, and with the level of corruption we have to flourish in Government systems, we would have been producing dropouts and failures year in year out from Tapini SHHS.

Right Now, Tapini SHHS is the TOP number one ranked High School in Central Province. All because it is Managed by the Catholic Church Agency.

Give credit where its due and work with a partner that knows how to make it work and produce high-quality students.

This is my Opinion ONLY.
This does not reflect anyone but my mere opinion on Education in Goilala.
Anthony Morant.

GOVERNMENT MUST BUILD TOLUKUMA ROAD – PC

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September 4, 2017
A major investor in the mining industry has just pulled out of the country sending adverse signals about the supposedly conducive economic environment for foreign businesses.

This is right at the door step of the nation’s capital at Tolukuma which is only 100 km north of Port Moresby.

And part of the reason is because of the failure of the Government to honour a commitment to build a road linking the capital to the mine site.

The mine is struggling with high operational costs despite its proximity to Port Moresby because 40 percent of its logistical requirements are delivered by helicopter.
This is the inevitable, and the continued declaration of losses annually would have been cushioned had that critical piece of infrastructure in the road link been accomplished about 10 years ago.

And that is how old this commitment to build the road is since the mine was operational and its operating finances were structured around recouping the high operational costs with the assistance of lower transportation costs.
This has never eventuated to date even.

We cannot continue to treat potential investors with such ad hoc commitments made casually during agreement signing ceremonies to make the government look good.
Where is the honesty, business acumen and commitment which professional and international best practice agreements are built and honoured.

Surely a 100km road link, despite the harsh geographical terrain in the Goilala District, is not that uncommon compared with similar settings elsewhere in the country.

And now with the departure of the company from Tolukuma goes nearly 600 jobs with it.
And for the last couple of months, workers there have not been paid and are at a complete loss as to how to support their families.

Tolukuma’s PNG owners who are State entities have more than a moral and financial obligation to keep the mine operational because of the benefits that are supposed to be derived for the sake of not only the economy but, the welfare of the local people there, who are the least developed in every sense of the word.

For the sake of the country’s international reputation and record, the owners of Tolukuma have to work around the clock now and secure resources that can save the operations, jobs, resource output and recover lost ground in the cutthroat business.
The State should utilise spare capital from its other resource project holdings and help save Tolukuma to maintain its strategic importance in a place where development hardly sees daylight.

source: GOVERNMENT MUST BUILD TOLUKUMA ROAD – PC

OPERATIONAL | NON OPERATIONAL | CLOSED SCHOOLS in GOILALA

In Goilala District, primary schools can be categorised into three different groups. These groups are:

1. Operational Schools
2. Non-Operational Schools
3. Closed Schools.

The 4th group is “Ghost schools” or Paper Schools”. But this 4th group isn’t the crux of this article. We will revisit that in a later date.

1. OPERATIONAL SCHOOLS.
Operational Schools are schools that have teachers posted to every year and have students attending school in a academic calender year.

Operational schools are planned for by the GoPNG throught its National Department of Education [NDoE] in their budgetary allocations via its Provincial Government’s education divisions.

These means that whatever funding/subsidies that gets allocated to these schools are expected to find its way to these schools to be utilised for its accademic year administration and management of the school. There is nothing wrong with such a school.

2. NON OPERATIONAL SCHOOLS.
The problem props up when a school is a Non Operational.
Non Operational schools are schools that are closed from Goilala people’s point of view – on the ground. But from the Provincial and National Department of Education point of view, these schools are open or Operating schools.

Just as a “Operational School” budget allocations are done for these schools and pushed down the channel.

When these fund/subsidies reach Central Provincial Education division, it is unknown if these funds are still pushed further down to the District’s Education Division or not – Knowing that these schools are no longer operating. No Teacher on site. No students attending school.

But if these funds does get to the District’s Educational Division, then where does there funds go to from there? Because obviously, the schools these subsidies/funds are allocated to is “CLOSED”.

3.CLOSED SCHOOLS.
Closed schools are schools which were once open. But are no longer open these days. The problem with these schools is, who is responsible to have them re-opened? How do we have these closed schools re-opened? What is the correct process and procedure to follow to have such closed schools re-opened?

There is also another problem that rises out of these closed schools. To the people of Goilala, a schools is CLOSED. Because they live in close proximity to the school grounds. But to the Provincial Education Authority, these schools are OPEN hence when Teacher postings are done at the start of a school year, some teachers are posted to these “CLOSED SCHOOLS”.

This action literally means, a Teacher is registered as a employee of Education Department, and gets paid every fortnight for doing NOTHING.

CONCLUSION
Funding allocated for all schools from National Education Department when approved and paid out, is there a monitoring process in place to ensure these allocated funds reach the schools?

For Non-Operational Schools, what happpens to their funding? Does the NDoE recoups the money and re-allocate to other schools?

For the Closed schools, who makes the recommendation for a closed school to be re-open? Is it the People? Or is it the District’s education division? Or the agnecy incharge of education in Goilala?

How about the Open Member? Does the MP for Goilala have any say in there as well?

When a school re-opens, does it automatically gets its funding allocated? Or are there criteria and procedures/conditions that a recently re-opened schools has to meet before funding is allocated?
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The 3 categories identified here are just a generalised groupings. There are ghost schools in existence as well.

Is there someone giving a yearly status update on our Goilala District schools which forms the basis of budget allocations year in, year out?
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NOTE:
What’s posted here is my layman, noneducationalist view point. Am no teacher, nor am I an employee of the Education system of PNG at any level.
I stand ready to be corrected. I also stand ready to be criticized.
Either way, this is my opinion. What is yours?

PRIME MINISTER OF PNG & PNC PARTY LEADER – HON PETER ONEIL TO VISIT GOILALA IN SUPPORT OF HIS CANDIDATE BRUCE MAMANDO – NGE2017.

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Going by GDDF commentary, Candidate Bruce Mamando and his Team is preparing for the visit of Rt Honorable Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and PNC Party Leader Mr. PETER ONEIL to Goilala District in the weeks ahead.

The dates of this visit, if confirmed, will be made public for everyone’s information.

Just like every political party leader, Hon Peter Oneil has the duty to give his moral support to his party endorsed candidates. And he does that here in support of Bruce.

Now the issue of concern. I see two issues arising out of this. Can Team Bruce Mamando make that known to the Goilala people? Dates, venues and maybe programs involved.

Peter Oneil while its Election year, and him been doing the campaign for his candidate, is still the PRIME MINISTER of PNG. The respect accorded to him does not change at all and must be maintained.

The second issue is the opportunity for Goilala people to ask the Prime Minister about the [1] promised K10mil funding for Tapini Highway and the also [2] promised TGM – Bako Road works funding he committed during the BY ELECTION campaign at TGM in support of John Mona who back then contested under PNC Party. PNC since then has dropped John Mona and gone with Bruce Mamando in the NGE2017.

Lastly, if given the opportunity, Goilala people can also enquire of SOUTHWEST AIR will continue to service Goilala to provide air transport after 2017NGE going forward or South West Airlines Twin Otter airplanes currently used by Team Bruce is just here for the campaign period.

Note:
Information is unconfirmed at this stage. Once confirmed, more updates on the trip will be posted on our District Blog for all to see.

GDDF Blog Admin

“THINGS TO DO” LIST FOR NEW MEMBER FOR GOILALA – NGE2017

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE COME AUGUST 2017.
 
We have 30 potentially parliamentary Leaders for Goilala right now on the loose trying to impress and convince the people of Goilala they are the right individuals to handle the task at hand.
 
What is this task on hand?
 
Let’s make it easy for them candidates so they know what is out there and need their undivided focus and attention once they enter the office.
 
1. TAPINI HIGHWAY.
This is the lifeline and heartbeat of Goilala especially knowing it connects to our District HQ.
 
2. AIR TRANSPORT.
With all airstrip open, except for Guari station, the need for reliable and consistent third tier level airline to consistently and fully provide air service to these airstrips is all time high. 90% of the Goilala population don’t use the Tapini Highway. Or this 90 % can use air transport apart from the Tapini HW.
 
3. TELECOMMUNICATION.
While there is some form of communication stretched and expanded and installed in selected locations across Goilala, there is a need for mobile communication. How do you create the need to upgrade current VSAT communication from hardwired to mobile?
 
4. EXTEND FEEDER ROADS OUT.
Tapini Highway needs to be extended out to Guari station. Tapini Highway needs to be extended to Kerau. Tapini HW needs to make its way slowly towards Woitape.
How do you see that fit into your plans?
 
5. TAPINI STATION RENOVATE & MAINTAIN & DEVELOP.
As the District HQ, Tapini first of all needs to access TV and radio signals. Can this be done under your watch? Power supply and water supply services in District HQ, can that be upgraded, repaired and replaced to something that’s functioning, effective and affordable?
Public amenities like trade stores, banking facilities and sporting facilities and lodges and recreational sites in and around Tapini station – how do you address that?
 
6. WOITAPE & GUARI STATION.
Facelifting for Woitape and Guari is all facets, more or less Tapini, needs to be given some absolute and full focus. District office buildings are run down. Health facilities are dead. Schools are struggling to get through the day. Airstrips are closed. Please lay the blueprint of your plans for these two subcenters.
 
7.PUBLIC SERVANTS HOUSING.
Tapini, Guari, and Woitape need public servants to be housed there and work there. What are your plans to address this issue of public servants housing?
 
8. LAW AND ORDER IN GOILALA.
What are your plans, to addressing Law and order in Goilala? Village Policing system is dead. Village court systems are dead. Law and order are out of hand. Drugs are been cultivated openly and transported road Tapini HW and on foot to Port Moresby. You know that don’t you? Ok, how do you address that?
 
9. PUTTING MONEY INTO GOILALA PEOPLE’S POCKETS BACK IN GOILALA.
In Goilala, apart from TGM mine site Tapini station and along Tapini HW which sees some informal money making activities, rest of Goilala is living subsistence nomadic lifestyle like our ancestors. Do you have plans to formalize cash/revenue earning importunities for Rural Goilala?
 
10. HEALTH SERVICES.
The sick and injured far and wide through Goilala don’t have proper health services at their disposal. People are dying of curable diseases. Mothers are bearing their babies unattended. Mothers are dying due to birth complications and people are dying of curable diseases like TB. Give us an indication on how do you plan to address this ulcer?
 
11. EDUCATION
The future of Goilala is very unknown from the educational point of view. From Elementary level to High School through to colleges and tertiary institutions, what is your plan?
 
12. TAPINI SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL.
As our only High School, what do you plan to do with Tapini SHHS? Any chances of upgrading it to Secondary? If so, any plans for feeder schools to this secondary school been created? And who feeds these feeder schools? And dropouts from our Secondary School, how do you cater for them back in Goilala?
 
13. YOUTHS and CHURCHES.
Youths are ticking time bomb. Goilala is a rugged and mountainous District. Getting to Youths can be very nerve testing and nerve racking. Explain to us the Youths your plans to address our problems? Churches also play a key role in Goilala. How do you factor them into your development plans in Goilala?
 
14. GENDER EQUALITIES.
Melanesia Culture and Customs in Goilala is truly active and alive. As our political head, how do you smartly defuse this cultural blockade and bring men and women of Goilala to see each other as equal partners in development in Goilala both mentally, socially, politically, spiritually, and peacefully?

OFFICIAL HAND OVER SCHOOL AND POLICE TRUCKS – KONEDOBU.

Earlier today at Konedobu, Central Province HQ,  a small but very significant ceremony was held to officially hand over of the Tapini Sacred Heart High School six-wheel truck and the Tapini Station police 10 seater truck respectively to the new owners.

Tapini Sacred Heart High School and Tapini Station Police.

In Thanking the Goilala District Development Authority under the leadership of Hon William Samb, Fr Brian Cahill said “GDDA under William Samb has assisted TSHHS  [the school alot] in a short [period] time.

Tapini Sacred Heart High School BOG Chairman Fr. Brian Cahill - Speaking
Tapini Sacred Heart High School 6 Wheel Truck and 10 seater Land cruiser Presentation Ceremony at Konedobu, Port Moresby

Provincial Police Commander. Mr Asi Laimo said “public may mistake this vehicle as politics at its best but we police need such assets to beef up our operations in the district.

His challenged everybody to report to his office if the vehicle is seen in odd places at odd times.”

Central Province Provincial Police Commisioner - Asi Laimo - Speaking
Tapini Sacred Heart High School 6 Wheel Truck and 10 seater Land cruiser Presentation Ceremony at Konedobu, Port Moresby

Deputy Provincial Administrator, Mr. Edward Kila, representing the Central Province Governor Office acknowledged the work Goilala MP has done in a space of just 1 and half years in office. Mr. Kila passed the gratitude and appreciation of the Governor Hon Kila Hoada towards Hon Samb saying, Samb has done more than some of his counters parts in Central Province.

Deputy Provincial Administrator - Central Province speaking
Tapini Sacred Heart High School 6 Wheel Truck and 10 seater Land cruiser Presentation Ceremony at Konedobu, Port Moresby

Present to officiate is Goilala Mp William Samb accompanied by Bishop Rochus Tatamai and Tapini SHHS BOG Chairman Fr Brian Cahill including other delegates.

Delegates
Tapini Sacred Heart High School 6 Wheel Truck and 10 seater Land cruiser Presentation Ceremony at Konedobu, Port Moresby

GOILALLA PEOPLE’S DSIP USED TO FUND MAINTAINANCE ON GOILALA HIGHWAY IN KAIRUKU HIRI DISTRICT – ILLEGAL?

DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Act 2014.
PART II. – MAIN PROVISIONS FOR DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT
AUTHORITIES.

  • 5. FUNCTIONS OF AUTHORITIES.

    (e) to determine and control the budget allocation priorities for the Local-level Governments in the district; and

Going by the District Development Authority Act 2014, Goilala District Development Authority under the watch of Hon William Samb and his District Administrator Mr Titus Girau has blatantly and deliberately breached the DDA Act 2014  by funding the road maintenance work in sections of Goilala Highway deep within the Kairuku Hiri District.

districtsCentral Province has 4 Districts. Abau, Rigo, Kairuku Hiri and Goilala District, with Kairuku Hiri been the largest in land mass compared to other 3 Districts.

Abau District people when they want to get to Abau, have to pass through Rigo District. So does the Goilala people. Goilala people drive through Kairuku Hiri District.

The tricky bit comes to the forefront in the use of DSIP fundings [District Service and Infrastructure Project]

In the case of Goilala people, Goilala Highway passes through a fair deal of Kairuku Hiri District before reaching the border of the two Districts at Utalama bridge.

Isn’t it logical for Kairuku Hiri DDA to allocate funding for repair, upgrade, maintenance of the Kairuku Hiri section of Goilala Highway? Or since its Goilala people’s Highway, Goilala DDA will have to solely fund the repair, upgrade, maintenance work on Goilala Highway?

The state of the Goilala Highway has deplorable and is a death trap – an accident waiting to happen.

At the start of 2015, Goilala DDA has allocated K3million to 3 reputable companies to work on Goilala Highway. Kaia Works, TRB and Construct Oceanic were this 3 contractors engaged to work and they completed the job as expected

The contractors did the repair, maintenance and cleaning of the roads within the Goilala District borders as is prescribed in the DDA Act 2014.

With the deteriorating state of the Goilala Highway in the Kairuku Hiri District, Goilala DDA has recently approved and used Goilala people DSIP funds to repair, maintain and clean up this Kairuku Hiri section of Goilala Highway between Utalama Bridge and Baba bridge. The distance covered is close to 20km.

Hence the question – Is this legally OK? Or this is a clear breach of DDA Act 2014?

Honorable William Samb and his District Administrator Mr Titus Girau and the entire DDA Board needs to explain why Goilala people money is now been used in Kairuku Hiri District?
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Photos here shows MP Goilala visiting TRB contractors working on the Utalama to Baba Bridge section of the Goilala Highway.

The issue of cross-border project funding has been raised on this Blog before and is now been raised again. Kairuku DDA must Complement Goilala DDA on inter-border Projects

Goilala DDA and Kairuku DDA needs to work together to address this issue. The issue must not be addressed by Goilala DDA only. The issue has to be addressed by both MP for Goilala Honorable William Samb and Kairku Hiri MP Honorable Peter Isoaimo.

In the meantime, Goilala DDA, under the watch of Honorable William Samb has literally breached the DDA Act 2014 and is liable for investigation by Office of Rural Development and Department of Planning and Monitoring.

Can someone alert the ORD and Department of Planning and Monitoring about what the Goilala DDA is doing in Kairuku Hiri District with Goilala people’s DSIP?

 

KAIRUKU HIRI AND GOILALA DISTRICT MEMBERS SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPLEMENT EACH OTHER’S EFFORTS

Traditional land boundaries has it that Goilala people from the Lower Veitapu area and Auga Dilava areas in Woitape LLG extends deeply into Kairuku Hiri District, down as far as the Hiritano Highway or even passed that towards the Central Province coastline.

But political/government boundaries has it mapped out differently so to speak.

Alone the Hiritano Highway starting from Laloki bridge through to Baramata/Sabusa, Brown River, Vanapa, Kuriva, Veimauri, Martin River and further up towards Hisiu are dominated by Goilala folks from al 3LLGs in Goilala.

While they fall directly under Kairuku Hiri MP, am 100% sure most of these Goilala folks go back home to vote come a National Election day.

So does that in itself commands some attention from the Goilala MP?

Additionally, most of these people vote in the Kairuku Hiri come National Election day, hence rightfully it’s the responsibility of Kairuku Hiri’s MP Honourable Peter Isoaimo. (2012-2017).

Add on this mixture of voter presence, on the road transport side of thing, before Goilalas gets to Tapini, they run through Kuni and Bakoiudu villages which is in Kairuku Hiri District.

My recent trip up Mona Highway, passing through Kuni and Bakoiudu villages, it was practically impossible.

Then we reach the boarder of Goilala District and Kairuku Hiri District at Angabanga bridge, the Mona Highway after this bridge is been cleaned and worked on and is usable (apart from the muddy sections and landslides along the way).

Goilala District Development Authority has approved 3 reputable contractors – Kaia Works, TRB Constructors, and Construct Oceanic Limited – engaged to work on Mona Highway.

Mona Highway Been Worked on by Contruct Ocenic Limited - From Angabanga River back towards Kuni-Bakoiudu village in Kairuku Hiri

Construct Oceanic Limited ( Sape Molumi) has been assigned the Arabure to Turn off (Arapokina junction). During the time I passed through work has started off from Arabure bridge towards Mobile Mountain.

if I was the Kairuku Hiri MP, I’d counter fund this section of the road.because this falls directly under Kairuku Hiri District.

Mona Highway Been Worked on by Contruct Ocenic Limited - From Angabanga River back towards Kuni-Bakoiudu village in Kairuku Hiri
Mona Highway Been Worked on by Contruct Ocenic Limited – From Arabure River back towards Kuni-Bakoiudu village in Kairuku Hiri

How can Goilala people’s scarce DSIP funds been allocated to a section of the Mona Highway?

Yes Goilala people will benefit from this road far more than the Kuni Bakoiudu people but am sure Kuni/Bako people will benefit on this road just as their fellow Goilala folks do.

So Hon Peter Isoaimo, can you compliment the works of GDDA by counter funding the Arabure-Arapokina turn section of the road?

there is also Dubuy Highway been worked on by Kaia Works Limited starting from Kuriva Primary school up. Is Hon Peter Isoaimo aware of this as well?

Asidokona Mining Company – Kelly Mende – has solely funded the TGM – Bako road. Are Goilala and Kairuku Hiri MP’s aware of this and are they going to compliment and supplement the works/efforts of Asidokona?

And where is Central Province Governor and his Government in all this cross-boarder developments?

Can the Goilala District and Kairuku Hiri MPs together request for counter funding from Central Province Government to help with such projects?

From observation, every body in Central Province seems to work in isolation.

No Wonder we are refereed to as “Madi Taudia”. Translated: Poor People.

Photo Credit: Anthony Morant
Location: Arabure Bridge, Border of Goilala and Kairuku.

Note: Pay close attention to the timbers been used to patch up a large section of a bailey bridge. This work is funded by Central Province Government – Provincial Works – at a cost of K50,000.00. Look out for more information on this soon.

Aravure River - Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure Bridge – Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River - Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River – Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River - Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River – Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River - Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala
Aravure River – Boarder of Kairuku Hiri and Goilala

CONSTRUCT OCEANIC HELPS OPEN UP GOILALA HIGHWAY

Government’s District Service Development Program at work. Credit also to Goilala District Authority Board,under the leadership of local member Hon. William Samb to engage Construct Oceanic Ltd to support this Government initiative on the Mona Highway – Goilala District.

Goilala Highway was broken into 3 sections. Construct Oceanic Limited was allocated a 20km road stretch.

Construct Oceanic has completed 11km out of the allocated 20km. We still got another 9km and that should see the completion of the project.

The District Development Authority is still dragging on with the rest of the payment as is always the case with project payments.

However, Construct Oceanic Limited is keeping on as agreed at the inital agreement.

Goilala District political Heads and District Administration really need to step up. Treasurer John Laiam and CEO Titus Girau and their officers really need to step up.

This is the second time now we having so much delay with Treasury people.

 

Source: Construct Oceanic Limited.