This is becoming absurd. Who actually is the Government for Goilala?
Certainly not the Bishop or Fr Brian.
I would have thought that this is the role and function of the Member, who is the political head of Government in the district, and the CEO is supposed to be the Administrator of government policy, the chief public servant leading a team of district public servants.
It is supposed to be their responsibility as Government for the district to ensure service delivery drawing on support from district development partners, not the other way around. Roads and transport are crucial for service delivery and development. Roads are the responsibility of Government.
If the maintenance of the Tapini road cuts across three or more Government authorities (jurisdictions), then I would have thought it is the responsibility our Goilala District Government officers to go door knocking, and follow-up on matters with their colleagues in these other jurisdictions. Whether it is National Works, Provincial Works, Kairuku-Hiri District Government, Provincial Government, or National Government. This is their job – this is what they are paid to do – and not the work of the Bishop or Fr Brian as Mr Girau suggests.
Of course, this requires a commitment to the job, and competency.
Moreover, it is also the function of the DDA to budget sensibly, prioritise-monitor expenditure, and source funding other than DSIP for development work if need be. I would think that the use of DSIP on the Kairuku stretch of road would be the least worry for illegal use of funds by the current administration.
I would have thought also that maintaining road access to the district headquarters for government operation, the operation of the district high school, and the operation of the district health center would be a priority.
The road to Tapini connects to other road networks from the district center to Guari, Kerau and Woitape. This road network is already in place from the colonial period (largely a legacy of the early missionaries), awaiting revitalisation.
Once the road network is opened up, then development can follow in other parts of Goilala outside of the Tapini area.
You can’t have development without roads, and it is a giant step backwards for development in the district to allow the main road connecting the district centre to the coast, and the hub for road connection to elsewhere in the district, to close.
Where is this being fair to the medium-long term development for Woitape, Tapini and Guari LLGs respectively?
Except to make everyone equally disadvantaged, and equally further behind in achieving meaningful progress for development throughout the district. As a road engineer, the current Member knows this. Yet it appears to me that there is a climate of ethnicity in district politics which is clouding judgement and obscuring a sensible development vision for the district.
Mr Girau, the bottom line is the road is closing. It is happening under your watch as district CEO, and the current Member’s watch as the political head. As the Government for the district, it is your responsibility to act.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?
Fr Brian Cahill msc
Parish Priest – Tapini Chancellor Diocese of Bereina