Marape Calls for Shift in Mentality Among Papua New Guineans

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, has urged  Papua New Guineans to transition from dependency to self-reliance.

He made these remarks at a    launch of the Nipa-Kutubu District Development Plan 2023-2027 on Friday 3 May 2024.

Prime Minister Marape discouraged the mentality of expecting money and compensation from projects and road construction, stating that the short-term benefits are insufficient and services will remain lacking.

 “The money you get will be for short-term use, and services will still be lacking, and you will continue to live in the dark.”

He also emphasized the strategic focus of district plans aligning with the national development agenda.

He assures that the National Government will support districts, plans, and Members of Parliament in infrastructure developments, including a K5 million financial boost for constructing a road from Nipa to Mount Bosavi and Kutubu, ensuring missing opportunities.

 “Today, I have brought you K5 million to help support the contractors your District Development Authority to connect the missing link and Mount Bosavi people.”

In addition, Prime Minister Marape gave an additional K2 million for local development. “I have also brought another K2 million for your people of Nipa Kutubu to be used for development purposes in the district.”

PM Marape expressed concern over the slow progress of contractors and the Department of Works and Highways in restoring the Mendi to Nipa and Tari Road, emphasizing the importance of accountability and local economic growth.

The Prime Minister also urged the  local MP and Defence Minister Dr. Billy Joseph to operate  at the  Nipa Station, calling for sustained local presence, and encouraged  the people of Nipa to stop demanding land compensation and allow for  road construction and health centers.

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