Tolokuma Gold Mine by law gives 10% Royalty to the Host LLG which is Woitape Local Level Government.
From this 10% royalty from TGM, YLA – Yulai Landowners association gets 80%, Central Province Government gets 10% and Woitaple LLG, as the host LLG gets 10%.
Woitape LLG’s 10% amounts to K1.25million. This is the amounts been budgeted and accessed.
Mineral Resource Authority took custody of the monies and kept it in the Trust Account for a period of time.
[If this monies were kept in a trust account then should it be incuring interest?]
Last week, there was a meeting held by the Woitape LLG President and his councilors with the Yulai Landowners Chairman and his executives with MRA to initiate talks of leasing the funds through to Woitape LLG.
10% Royalty from MRA to Woitape LLG is amounting to K1.25million.
This K1.25mil was budgeted broken up by Woitape LLG and YLA in the following manner:
In the break up, under Infrastructure, 3 projects where identified and funded. Two airstrips and a main market building.
Under the Education sector, 8 schools were identified and funded. The largement amount in this break up was K120,000.00. Everyone else got K10,000 each.
Health had only one Community Health Post identified and funded K50,000.00
Law and Order sector was choosen to not get any funding at all, while Administration got K300,000.00 with the Landowner Support groups getting K400,000.00. Under this sector, it seems the Landowners of TGM and other affected mine areas will be considered.
With the LLG Elections coming up, it would have been a responsible thing to delay the release of these funds until after the LLG National Elections 2018.
From the Break Up and project identification and funding, Ward 8 in Woitape LLG was the only ward that did not get any project indentified and funded. All ther 8 wards directly got some funding allocated.
DROPOUTS FROM TAPINI SACRED HEART SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL GRADE 12 IN 2019.
It would be smart if we have a Goilala Technical School of some sort up and running to fetch the rest of the students who will not make it past the Grade 12 Education level.
Maybe we already have a Sacred Heart Teachers College in Bomana taking care of students who can not make it past Sogeri Nat High School, Mainohana Secondary High School and other secondary-level high schools in PNG [esp those from Goilala].
It would be proactive and in control on the part of the District’s Education system and District’s political body to have an avenue up and operating so it smartly captures students that find themselves not able to make it past Grade 12 from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School starting in 2020.
Woitape Vocational Center is currently dead and rotting away.
Is there an Education Sector coordinator in Goilala that might want to consider exploring that?
Do such possibilities fall under the Agency responsible for Education in Goilala’s area of care?
Does the LLG President concern – Hon Joe Geru – of Woitape LLG have any plans to make submissions into National Planning Dept, Provincial Education, OPen MP, and Donor Agencies and even Catholic Church Agency to see if this concept is worth looking into?
How about the Open MP for Goilala? What is education plan for Goilala going forward?
Ensuring there are no failures in any Education system is something that’s possible but is it really possible to achieve with the kind of leadership we have in place?
The Tolukuma (Yulai) Landowner Group representing landowners of the Tolukuma Gold Mine refused to sign the revised Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in Port Moresby today.
Chairman George Gusi snubbed the long overdue revised MOA, claiming there are still outstanding issues to be settled.
Facilitated by the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), the signing ceremony was attended by Mining Minister Byron Chan, Central Province Governor, Kila Haoda, Executive Director of Asidokona, Vincent Siou, Woitape LLG President Joe Geru, and MRA Managing Director, Phillip Samar.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gusi asked for an extension to iron out outstanding issues which they want to see contained in the current MOA as he claims there was a lack of consultation by the MRA.
He said some of the outstanding issues include:
Establishment of the Infrastructure Development Committee;
Environmental damage report on the waterway and tailings dam, which is a national issue on the reputation of the mine;
No proper mine development plan showing the lifespan and economic value of the mine; and
No proper landowner business plan under the spin off benefits and life after mine programs.
Gusi also asked why there was a rush to sign the MOA on the eve of the elections, questioning the legal basis justifying Minister Chan and Governor Haoda to proceed as signatories.
“We are confused as to why we are rushing to sign. I strongly recommend that we defer the MOA signing till after the return of writs. It’s only five weeks away,” he said.
“So after the elections, we have a legitimate Government and authority to execute our MOA.
“Ladies and gentlemen, both national and provincial governments have totally failed to implement many undertakings in the previous MOA.”
Despite his refusal, the signing ceremony went ahead with all parties content with the MOA. Gusi maintained his stance and did not sign.
Following the singing, Minister Chan said the previous MOA did not contain any Government commitment, however, the revised agreement contained guarantees which the government was willing to deliver.
They include, among others, the Tolukuma Highway upgrade project.
Chan said he would not have proceeded with any signing if he knew there were still outstanding issues.
However, he said the revision of the MOA was an ongoing thing and any outstanding issue would be catered for down the track.
“Whatever we sign today, it’s continuous, it’s a Government commitment to the people of Central Province, Goilala District and to your people. It is our commitment,” he said.
“This Government has committed all of these projects to you as of today.”
Meanwhile, Bonnie Gelu, from the State Solicitors office, who was present informed landowners and guests that Minister Chan and Governor Haoda, as signatories to the MOA, are acting within the legal parameters as they are still recognized as elected leaders until the return of writs.
Picture: Signatories to the revised Tolukuma MOA having a toast while Yulai Landowner Association Chairman, George Gusi, shows disinterest.
LOCAL LEVEL GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT’S VEHICLES ARE A PRIVILEGE. NOT A RIGHT.
Goilala District is the first District in Central Province political history to be seen buying vehicles using the District Service Improvement Project funds and hand that over to the Local Level Government Presidents in the District.
On the 2st of December 2015, just days before Christmas and a week out from New Year 2016, Goilala people’s DSIP funds were used by the Member for Goilala Honorable William Samb to buy a Toyota Land cruser each for the 3 LLG Presidents in Goilala.
Woitape LLG President Joe Geru, Guari LLG Preisdent Patrick Bauai and Tapini LLG President Keleto Peto were all handed the keys to these vehicles by Honorable Member for Bulolo, Pangu Pati leader and Deputy Opposition Leader Samuel H. Basil at Konedobu.
These event was witnessed by a lot of people and it even made the evening news on local TV stations – EMTV and Kundu 2.
Apart from Honorable Keleto Kope – Tapini LLG President, Woitape and Guari LLG Presidents have taken this gift as a right. And they are seen drinking around in these vehicles as and when they want. They are sighted at odd places at odd hours.
Is this the type of leaders we expected and is this the type of behavior we expect from our LLG Presidents? Is this the kind of use we want these vehicles to be put in?
The recently held District Development Authority Meeting in Woitape to close off 2015 was colorful accordingly to the NBC News Organization. This is because NBC reporters were on site to report the story.
The message contained and preached at the District Development Authority was sharp, plain, direct and very much challenging.
But the behind the scene organizing and planning was so chaotic and unorganized so to speak.
Some of the issues that NBC did not report include…
1. Political Protocol accorded to Member for Goilala by host Local Level Government was missing.
2. Non District Development Authority Members boarding the plane from Port Moresby up to Woitape and back to Port Moresby.
3. Awareness of the proposed District Development Authority meeting at woitape throughout Woitape Local Level Government was never done.
4. Program for the District Development Authority Meeting and subsequent follow up events were unplanned and disorganized.
5. There was no Welcome program for the District Development Authority Members.
6. Garden food was never part of the meals. Except manufactured food.
The President for Woitape Local Level Government Honorable Joe Geru was put in charge of planning this event from start to finish.
Another feature that puts Honorable Joe Geru as the prime candidate to spearhead this was the fact the he is the paramount chief for Wotiape station and the surrounding areas/villages.
Members office allocated K100,000.00 for this District Development Authority Meeting. From the figures making the rounds, K35,000.00 was left after the charters and logistics costs were met.
K35,000.00 was to be used as payment for allowace for District Development Authority Members, and service providers at Woitape.
Joe Geru engaged Francis Laipu who is from Tanipai to take care of the organizing at Woitape. All Francis did was hang around phone boot putting his demands back to Port Moresby and did nothing.
Joe Geru also put Mathew Kamo who is not even a District Development Authority member nor is he a public servant of any sort at Woitape on the charter to get up there.
This same Mathew Kamo got on the plane and flew back to Port Moresby with the rest of the District Development Authority Members.
Joe Geru even engaged only his immediate families to take care of catering and cleaning and preparations of the place for the District Development Authority Meeting.
The major blow to Joe Geru and Woitape Local Level Government as a whole is Woitape Local Level Government President and his councilors weren’t on the ground to receive the Member for Goilala and his delegates.
Joe Geru actually flew into Woitape the same day Member and his team flew in.
We can not confirm if his ward councilors were on hand on the ground to receive him and Member or not.
General feeling at Woitape station and whole of Woitape Local Level Government is that of ignorance and disrespect toward the small people.
President Joe Geru is known for engaging his mates and cronies (mostly his Tapini High School schools mates from Woitape Local Level Government) to assist him with the generally corrupting of Woitape Local Level Government.
Member William Samb. If you want to make impact and ensure your initiatives are implemented and plans executive, Joe Geru and Patrick Bauai are not what you need.
I respect both men as “leader” but looking at the general Goilala Dream and Goilala agenda, they are obstacles to change. They will ruin the party for you even before the party even starts.
Member, wake up before you are set up for the BIG FALL.
The construction of Goilala’s new 5-Million Kina District Office Complex has been criticized.
Leaders in the district slammed the construction work, saying the quality of the job does not reflect the 5-Million Kina spent.
They are calling on the District Authority to explain how the money was spent on the job, which they described as sub-standard.
Linda Noga reports:
The new Goilala District Office complex, located in the district headquarter, Tapini, was built in 2014. It cost 5-Million Kina. But leaders are crying foul. Two Local Level Government leaders have described the work as sub-standard.
They say the quality of the job does not reflect the huge amount that was spent. During a media conference, President of Guari LLG, Patrick Bauai Bawai and Woitape LLG President, Joe Geru says the contractor tasked to carry out the job is Albert Ching, the manager and owner of Maggie Seafood Restaurant in Port Moresby.
Both say the contractor has not done a good job. The two Presidents claim there is no white goods, furniture and electricity for the building. Both men have raised the matter with their Member of Parliament, William Samb Samb. Mr. Samb has wasted no time. He’s called on the contractor to come out and explain to his people of Goilala for the incomplete job . Mr. Samb also called on District Administrator, Francis Javia to also look into the issue and address it as matter of priority, due to the fact that a lot of the people’s money have been spent on the project.
STUDENTS VICTIMISED – AUTHORITIES PRETENDS NOTHING IS WRONG – FATIMA PRIMARY SCHOOL.
Fatima Primary School is one of the oldest schools in Goilala District.
Located on the banks of river Selelangapa, which in commonly known as Vanapa down in the Central Province’s Kairuku Hiri District, Fatima Primary has over time helped produce some one the finest Goilalas human resources.
Two of such finest examples is Gee Mavai and of course current President of Woitape LLG Honorable Joe Geru.
Detailed achievement and history with background of this two individuals among-st a host others is not the main crux of my article.
The main core of this article is that Fatima Primary school is closed. It was forced shut mid year June 2015.
I was in Woitape during the campaign period of the recently conducted By Election and fortunately had the chance to witness the issue first hand.
The official story for this premature closure of the school is, there is NO HEAD TEACHER.
There was a head teacher there at the start of 2015 academic year.
But this teacher, according to what I heard, one day decided he will not teach any more. So he quit. Very funny as it seems.
The full story, from what I came to learn is as follows.
This Head Teacher, actually resigned from active teaching duties some years ago. Obviously that means he got his entitlements from the department of education and went about his normal ways of life after retirement.
Then somehow, someone decided to drag or maybe lure him back into active duty. And installed him as the Head Teacher at Fatima.
Now, the poor human has to be paid for his service, as is the case everywhere. Nothing is for free.
This person started to get his claims to TSC (Teaching Services Commission) to get himself re-instated. But TSC rejected his wish.
So as is expected of any human, the Head Teacher decided for himself and walked off.
There were two female teachers there – one from Kairuku and another one Sepik – (both non Goilalas and females and not married, in a place called Goilala.)
There was only 3 Teachers based at Fatima at that time.
These two teachers, from what I heard, we’re junior staff. And did not qualify to act in the absence of a qualified and experienced Head Teacher.
According to the local priest, – Malota – in the middle of the year, to get a teacher transfer done is very hard and complex.
Compounded with this fact and the safety issue, with lack of basic services in Woitape, the only obvious option left to Fr Malota and Central Province Education board is to close the school.
Generally, the grounds on which the school was forced closed is genuine.
But the obvious question is, who gets to be victimized in this whole fallout?
Yes Students. Innocent students who really do not give a rats ass to why such is the case.
Is it their fault that this retired teacher was initially dragged in and installed as their Head Teacher in their school?
Is it also their fault that we had two junior teachers teaching at Fatima? Why was one of these teacher’s not granted the permission to “act” in the position of a Head Teacher for the remainder of the school year?
Obviously doubling of classes would have stretched the teachers workload but this is an emergency case and necessary action was needed.
In this particular case, the ugly head of “politics” between Catholic Agency and Central Province Education Board shows up. Its a tip of an iceberg.
Who authorized the reinstating of this retired teacher?
Who should be looking into the issue of teacher recruitment and postings at the start of the school year?
PEB, it seems does the postings. And the Catholic Agency is responsible for the schools management.
So the fact I seem to have found out is PEB and Catholic Church Agency does not seem to work in harmony.
There is this long out standing issue of “mistrust” between these two bodies.
Agency does not trust the PEB. Because the Agency claims, PEB is infested and infected with corrupt officers.
PEB does not trust Agency in return because PEB claims Agency is too dictatorial and unfair.
Fr Brian, when I contacted him on an update on re-opening of Fatima, I was told a Head Teacher is been selected and will start in 2016.
The is also a new Priest coming to replace Fr Malota.
At the end of the day, the fact every stake holder needs to get into their heads is, whatever the politics there maybe between PEB and Agency, the innocent students rights to education must never be denied.
There maybe situations where it’s beyond the control of PEB and Agency but the students must never be victimized and deprived.
All schools in Goilala are victims of this ugly politics between PEB and Catholic Church Agency.
Father Brian Cahill amongst other respected heavies in these two bodies is on FB and is a member of our group here.
He might shed some light in this but the situation on the ground across all primary schools in Goilala are similar in many ways.
1. Teachers been put off payroll.
2. Teacher been disciplined without taking into account various available factors.
3. School supplies are never supplied as requested or on time.
4. School subsidies are late or never reaches the school.
5. Inspectors never visit schools.
6. Statistics and standard officers never anywhere to be seen.
7. Teachers concerns and requests falling on deaf ears.
What happened in Fatima is a result of infighting been PEB and Agency. Fatima case gives us the opportiunity to come face to face with the ugly, cunning, very tangled up, and never comprising truth about the evil that directly results in our schools throughout Goilala not operating as expected.
Most of the previledged few in the system now came out from these very remote schools back in the day when people like Brother Brandon walked the length and breath of Goilala just to ensure every basic required necessity was provided for all schools and teacher alike.
It will be a long wait before another Brother Brandon comes along.
THREE villages in Woitape Local Level Government in Goilala district, Central, are to resume village court services after 40 years, president Joe Geru says.
He said the village courts at Tolukuma and two other villages would resume to handle cases at the village level after funding was provided by the local government.
He said the local level government had been under pressure from the provincial government to do more about law and order issues at the village level.
“I have therefore identified three village court venues, including Tolukuma, to make funds available for the operations of the courts,” Geru said.
He gave K25,000 last week with computer sets costing more than K5000, saying it was his government’s priority to address law and order issues.
He said the LLG had made available funding for the cost of running the village courts.
Central acting provincial administrator Edward Kila thanked Geru for hving confidence in the village court system to address law and order problems.
Kila said the slashing of LLG funds this year was due to the failure of a few LLGs to comply with the Public Finance Management Act. All the LLGs were punished for that.