WHO IS THE GOVERNMENT OF GOILALA? Father BRIAN CAHILL.

THIS IS BECOMING ABSURD’ – A RESPONSE TO THE CEO, TITUS GIRAU.

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.

No excuses!

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

Fr Brian Cahill msc
Parish Priest – Tapini Chancellor Diocese of Bereina

PANGU MAN RETAINS GOILALA SEAT – NGE2017

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After the 28th exclusion, William Samb is the member for Goilala Open.

Box 11 – Mathew Poia was the decider for the race between Samb and Alex Hoem Robert.

Despite Robert collecting a good 1,105, Samb climbed 89 votes higher to 6,576.

The absolute majority was 5,664.

Samb was declared the legitimate member at 4:30pm this afternoon by RO Theodore Maia at the counting venue, Gordon Police gymnasium.

Runner up Robert was 4,752.

This will be Samb’s first full 5-year term.

He won the by-election after the passing of Daniel Mona in 2014.

He was member-elect for 18 months.

Samb was escorted to the venue this afternoon by his wife and two children.

Addressing the counting officials, security and media personnel on ground, Samb thanked everyone for the support and cooperation and the trust in him.

He asked for the cooperation of all other 29 candidates to bring service into the district.
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Samb hopes to continue the projects he undertook while in office.

Source: Samb Retains Goilala Seat

GOILAL OPEN CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP – NGE2017 WEEK 2.

CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP AFTER THE SECOND WEEK OF CAMPAIGN – 2017 GOI OPEN.

Campaign Period:
28th APRIL – 23rd June 2017.
We are in MAY 10th 2017. We got 5 more weeks left to campaign.
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The Tapini Highway has been one major hiccup to the flow of candidates to and from Goilala, esp. Tapini and Guari LLG.

In the past Elections, candidates would normally drive up to Tapini station make their entry known to the locals there and then branch out to various LLGs.

With the Highway in shatters and unpassable, not open to traffic, most of Tapini and Guari LLG candidates are stuck in Port Moresby.
Patching and Backfilling Road - Goilala.jpgWoitape LLG candidates are slowly flying in to kick-start their campaign.
Henry Ivoro was the only candidate who has been in TGM. Henry Ivoro has flown back into Port Moresby yesterday and will fly back into TGM next week.

Candidate Ivoro will then move into Udaba valley to continue his campaign. He seems to have completed the Auga Dilava valley.

Airborne Logistics has ceased servicing Kodige so Matilda Koma will fly into Fane and make her way into Dilava area. Candidate Michael Tosip will fly into Fane has well and slowly makes his way around Auga Dilava and head towards Lower and Upper Veitapu.

William Samb Team after returning from Ononge and according to Jimmy Gulolo, they just completed the Chirime valley campaign leg.

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Candidate William Samb in Kumuga Village, Chirime

They flew into Kumunga and walked through Yongai and into Kafano to fly out on Monday.

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Candidate William Samb in Kafano Villag, Chirime.

Bruce Mamando with Felix Gitai and Alex Hoem Robert has teamed up to address the Highway dilemma together.

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Supporters of Candidates Alex Hoem Robert, Bruce Mamando & Felix Gitai

According to postings on Facebook, there seem to be some progress but if the bad sections are cleared for usage, it something these candidates and their supporters on the ground will advise. 

Peter Nomai is said to be already in Tapini station. Henry Kita was the first candidate to reach Tapini after nomination closed and he has been there for 2weeks now.

Apart from the mentioned candidates, it seems most of our Goilala Open candidates are still stuck in Port Moresby.

And we are in week Two of the campaign period. About 3/4 of the 30 candidates are still stuck in Port Moresby for various reasons.

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PANGU PARTY VICE NOMINATES – GOILALA OPEN

Sitting Member of Parliament and Deputy Pangu Party Leader William Samb has nominated today at Konedobu, Central Provincial HQ.
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AccompanningWilliam Samb was Pangu Party President Mr. Patrick Pundau.
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Franked by John Jamoro, Cyprian Mang Ingi and Jimmy Gulolo, candidates who have stepped down to back William Samb in his campaign trail, the sitting MP paid his nomination fee today.
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A media briefing was done after the nomination formalities were completed.

Follow news as it breaks here on our Blog covering Goilal Open seat Nominations at Konedobu, Central Provincial Government HQ.

#GoilalaOpenNGE2017

ENGLISH POTATO FARMING SEES ITS FIRST SAMPLE HARVEST – KAMBISEA.

English Potato Farm plot at Kambisea
Michael Atuai
led potato farming project has had its sample harvest done over the weekend.

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First Harvest from the Potato seeds been distributed throughout Goilala for commercial farming

Hon William Samb and Michael Atuai flew into Kambisea to make awareness of the CIC arrangement/engagement that is soon to be made known also spent time visiting the potato farming that was distributed earlier.

Michael Atuai in the Potato Farm plot
Michael Atuai in the Potato Farm plot in Kambisea

Using this opportunity, Mr. Atuai was able to educate people about the correct procedures in how to harvest and when to harvest and how to stock it and where to stock the seeds for nursery purposes.

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Michael Atuai with the Farmers after sample harvest at Kambisea

Sample harvests were done. And here are the photos.

Member for Goilala with the Farmers after sample harvest at Kambisea
Member for Goilala with the Farmers after sample harvest at Kambisea

Photo credit: Michael Atuai from kambisea.
Awareness Drive at Kambisea -

IS TGM STILL UNDER CARE MAINTAENANCE YET?

Or has TGM under ASIDOKONA gone into full swing Operation already?

From reliable source at Tolukuma Gold Mines, it is said that the local workforces have not received their fortnightly wages and salaries for x4 fortnights to dates.

It’s not just the first time for such experience. This has occured a couple of times before.

Digicel Network coverage moat of the time goes off and makes life difficult for employees to communicate with families in pom and around png.

Food rations has run out on several occasions before. And might be winding up sooner.

The sad thing is that the employees on site has families who frequent ATM machines to check balances only to find K0.00.
They have school fees to pay, hospitals fees to pay.

There is no clear cut Mine operational direction. Every one is living one day at a time. No one knows what tomorrows operational plans are.

Is ASIDOKONA MINING company really a reputable company that has what it takes to operate a Gold mine?

Could the developer shed some light on this.

when actually does does the production start?

The employees of Asidokona ownes TGM and the larger Goilala people need to know what the current status of TGM is in as far as its operations are concern.

This Gold mine has been under care maintainance for 2 years now. Is this the normal lenght of time required to run a mine under care maintainence?

TGM is one if not the only revenue generating avenue for 90% of Goilalabpeople and the confusion on the general mine’s operation is so loud that its becoming very visible.

TGM is currently been managed at an adhoc basis.

Leaves alot to be desired about regarding Asidokona Mining Company.

Where is George Gusi – YLA Chairman and Yulai elite?

Woitape LLG President Hon Joe Geru, do you have any idea of whats going on?

Philip Gugub, the EO for Member for Goilala, is Hon Samb aware of the unprofessional nature of things at TGM?

Employees and former TGM employees like Gee Mavai, Peter Yaria, Henry Kisio, James Francis, Albert Lalup, Daimahn Biah, Camillo Uvi, James Koga, Michael Songen, Daniel Kulolo Andrew Olu, Epi Koga

Can this piece of rumor be confirmed or denied?

GDDA SUPPORTS GOILALA TEACHERS

GDDA COMMITS K35,000.00 FOR 2017 SACRED HEART TEACHERS – BOMANA COLLEGE.

6 more Goilala teachers will be enrolled with Bomana Sacred Heart Teachers college in 2017.

The K35,000.00 will cover the fees the new intakes and continuing students.

This was announced by the Open MP for Goilala Hon William Samb during the graduation ceremony at Bomana today.

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Goilala Students Graduating from Bomama Sacred Heart College – 2016

While at the same time, it was revealed, GDDA will do likewise for Veifa Nursing College in Kairuku will also have its share of sponsorship in 2017.

Present at the ceremony were Brian Cahill and Rochus Tatamai.

Member Samb made it known that sponsorship will be made available to Professions that are of immediate need in the District.

Such professions would be teachers, nurses, agriculturalists, etc..

Total students for 2017 is 17.
6 x 2nd-year students and 5 x 3rd year students and 6 x 1st-year students.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATING STUDENTS – 2017.

FANE COMMUNITY TO REHABILITATE THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOL

A community in Goilala District has been given the ownership to rebuild its only primary school.

Goilala MP, William Samb presented K32,000 to Fane villagers recently for the construction of classrooms.

The school was forced to close because of lack of teaching staff and learning facilities. Health and Education infrastructure were established in the colonial era, however, received no support over the past 15 years.

Goilala MP William Samb visited the small village to support the community rebuild its only education institution. The community aims to build classrooms using bush materials.

MP Samb also called for an investigation into the posting of teachers to Goilala who remain in Port Moresby but are on the payroll.

“The Central Education Office will be written a letter to look into the matter”, said MP Samb. “This matter is serious because these teachers are getting paid while our children are suffering”, he added.

For this small community, the closure of the school has affected its young population.

The Fane Community aims to rebuild the school before the 2017 education calendar commences.

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?

 

VSAT SERVICES BENEFICIAL TO GOILALA PEOPLE: SAMB

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The VSAT services and new partnerships established by the Goilala District Development Authority are already proving to be beneficial for the district.

Local member William Samb says to date, at least more than 20 emergency cases have successfully been medevac into Port Moresby by Manolos Aviation as per the understanding with the company.

This has further been made easier with the VSAT installation program rolled out through the district this year, enabling smooth communication.

In a media conference on Friday, Samb extended gratitude to all key players that have allowed for the services to translate.

The conference followed a near death incident which happened earlier in the day where a young man from Ononge was medevac into the city where he is now recovering from a 6.5cm knife wound to the chest.

Samb said quick actions by the local health officers using the Vsat to call for help and the Manolos Aviation swiftly moving to establish communication with the PNG Defence Force Air Squadron training in Gulf to assist successfully saved the man’s life.

He described this incident as a special one, given it clearly proves the benefits of having vital services like communication systems transportation in a remote area.

Guari LLG president Patrick Bauai praised the vision of the current DDA headed by Samb.

“Communication is very important because communication is power. Goilala for a long time lacked this and now, slowly, we are being exposed to the outside world,” he said.

But as always, many good deeds are always criticised and this service have been accepted with different reactions.

This, however, is not deterring the DDA in achieving their vision.

“We welcome criticism because critics are good for quality and control. But while giving critics, we also have to come up with constructive suggestions,” member Samb said.

In the meantime, the VSAT installations will continue.  Samb said two more have been confirmed for the Guari LLG , Omu and Rupila respectively, another lined up for Guari station and Guarimaipa in the same LLG and another one also lined up for Kosipe.

Source: PNG Loop