Law and order are lacking in the Goilala district of Central because there was no police station commander there since 1997, a village chief says.

Chief of Tapini James Komae said there was no magistrate there either.

Komae said that for about 20 years, there was no public servant living in the Tapini local level government area, which was the headquarters for the district.

A Catholic priest who has been living in Tapini for the last 19 years said there was a real absence of not just the judiciary services but every sense of sovereign authority.

“The key element of sovereignty here which is the district administration is absent here at the Goilala district,” Father Brian Cahill said.

“The second key element here in terms of law and order is the police which is also dysfunctional in this place.
“We need senior (police) officers who can command respect in the community.

“There are a large number of murderers and rapists out here but the police could not arrest them because they are afraid of them.
“We need somebody with a rank of inspector to command the police station here.

“At the moment, the acting OIC (officer in charge) of the station here is a new recruit from Bomana Police College.
Cahill spoke last Saturday at the Tapini Sacred Heart High School during a visit by a national and supreme court judge Justice Panuel Mogish.

Mogish thanked Cahill for his dedication to the people of Goilala in providing education and health services when the government system had failed. Mogish urged Goilala MP William Samb to work in partnership with the judiciary and the church to bring development into the district.
“I am inspired about the difficulties you sustained when staying out here,” Mogish said.

“When I took the opportunity to look after Central as a judge administrator in 2009, I made it my business to come and visit Tapini in Goilala district. In 2009, I have traveled the length and breadth of Central as a judge to some places where judges have never been to before.

“I’ve been to Kwikila, Moreguina, Kupiano, Bereina and now in Tapini.

“My next place to visit is at a place called Magarida and the last places will be up at Tolokuma and Woitape.
“We have a lot of good things that we can make happen in the district, but we need dedicated leaders to run the show.”

“The system of government here has collapsed and the CatholicChurch is the only body that is running the district here.”
Samb said it was a challenge for him and the district administration to develop the district using the limited resources they have.


A National and a Supreme Court were opened in the Goilala district of Central province last Friday.

Justice Panuel Mogish opened the courts in the Tapini local level government area.
Justice Mogish described the opening as new era of law and order for the people of Goilala.

“I am proud to be here, after 41 years the National and Supreme Courts are now in Goilala district,” he said.
“Let’s transform Goilala into a world-standard rural setting by developing law and order.

“I’ve been visiting all the districts in Central to make sure that the districts have the benefit of a judge of the National and Supreme Courts.

Justice Mogish told the people that law and order was important in the community because it provided respect and peace in the community.

“I need your support to establish law and order here. Other services will flourish in the district if there is law and order,” Mogish said.
“Court is here to encourage development.

“I am really grateful for the presence of your leader William Samb (MP) here to be part of the occasion. I’ve been to other districts in Central but I never saw a politician present to greet the court party.”

Justice Mogish told Samb to refurbish a historical court building in Tapini to be used for national court sittings.  He travelled with a team including lawyers David Sopane and  Garry Tine from Public Solicitor’s Office, police officers, Correctional Services officers, soldiers, and court staff from the Waigani National and Supreme Courts.

The Goilala people living in Tapini witnessed the  opening.
Goilala MP Samb said he was delighted with the occasion. He thanked Justice Mogish and his team for delivering judiciary services to his district, which have been non-existent in the last 41 years.

Source: October 18, 2016 The National    By DEMAS TIEN



Under the Laws and Guidelines governing the distribution of PSIP by Provincial Governments amongst each District in the Province, each District is supposed to received K5million each yearly.

Central Province has 4 Districts – Abau, Rigo, Kairuku and Goilala. Going by the PSIP allocation per Province, Central Province gets K5m x 4 Districts = K20million.

As far back as much as my memory can retract, I have not seen, heard nor used any PSIP funded services in Goilala.  Ever.

So the question is, what happens to Goilala District share of K5million yearly?

PSIP funding of K5million X 5 years would be K25million from PSIP to Goilala.

Can someone from Central Provincial Government explain to Goilala people what has been happening to their share from the PSIP funding allocation from the National Government?




    (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?
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?




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


PPF is concerned over the attack on journalists Clifford Faiparik and Jason J Prince Wuri in Papua New Guinean Cultures
Press Release


Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea expressed concern over the safety of media personnel in Papua New Guinea after Clifford Faiparik of The National and Jason Gima Wuri, of the National Broadcasting Corporation seriously injured in an attack.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Papua New Guinea to swiftly take action against the attack, identify the perpetrators and book them. Aslam Ali also urged to provide better protection for media personnel in of Papua New Guinea.

According to Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), on September 15, Faiparik and Wuri were travelling back to Port Moresby with the group including Goillala MP William Samba and his District Administrator Titus Girau after visiting the Central Province electorate, when they were attacked on the road and injured seriously.

Reports cite the attack as taking place along the Hiritano Highway, with Samba and his District Administrator the main targets for the roadblock-style attack by men armed with knives. They managed to escape by through the road block while being stoned.
Faiparik was injured on the elbow and stomach while Wuri underwent surgery for gash wounds to his right-hand and Girau also got cuts to his body.

The incident raises important concerns for journalists and their news organizations over the need for media personnel to have access to prompt medical support.


THE Onongae Catholic mission in the remote and mountainous Goilala District of Central is a place steeped in history and is from here that the Gospel began to spread to the rest of the district and province.

Onongae is where the French Catholic priest Fr Dubuy first arrived in 1913 and used his engineering feat to cut arteries out from mountains to build horse tracks so that the Gospel could be spread throughout Goilala right to the borders of Morobe and Northern.
Sadly, Fr Dubuy, then aged 65, died suddenly at Onongae Catholic mission in 1952. It is thought that his death was probably from a heart attack while he was digging the foundation for a new church building. He is buried at the mission.

One of his spiritual grandsons and Goilala MP, William Samb, is following in his footsteps to upgrade the track into a highway which will not only link Goilala to Port Moresby, but push down other mountains to further to link Lae and unite Papua and New Guinea.
There’s a Chinese tale about villagers laughing at an old man who is digging a tunnel through the mountain with his bare hands and a stick saying that if he dies before the tunnel is completed, his children will take over from him.

Well, that tale is now unfolding in Goilala where the old fashioned civil engineer Fr Dubuy dug a horse track out of the mountains using dynamites, wheel barrows, sticks and shovels and local labour. His project was also questioned by other expatriates and locals at that time as it was deemed impossible for a road to be built through the thick virgin rain forest that covered the sometimes mountainous area. But the good padre was able to build the track that allowed small vehicles such as jeeps, Suzukis, motorbikes, tractors and horses to use it during those days. The passageway was always maintained.
Currently, Samb, a modern civil engineer is upgrading that track also known as Dubuy highway with modern heavy earthmoving equipment to link Goilala to Port Moresby and Lae.
The MP sees no need for expensive construction of new roads.
“We will just link up the track to the existing Hiritano highway in the Kairuku-Hiri electorate and there is already an abandoned logging track that was built 20 years by loggers and just upgrade that track and we already have 15kms of road.

“Another 75kms is yet to be done to link up to the track. The Dubuy highway goes all the way to Onongae, Woitape, Fane, Tolukuma and Yongae at the border of Northern.”
These places are in the Woitape LLG. The track is linked to Tapini station in the Tapini LLG. From Tapini, it goes right to Momuomu in Guari LLG right at the border of Morobe.
Samb said that the track also linked Tolukuma to the existing Tapini Highway. And Tolukuma mine developers (Asitokona) will upgrade the track from Tolukuma to Fane to Belavisat in Tapini LLG. That will link with Tapini Highway at Bakoidu in the Kairuku-Hiri electorate and from there link with Aropokina also along the Hiritano Highway.
Road travellers will eventually have options to either use Aropokina or Kuriva to travel between Lae and Port Moresby.

There is an existing road from Lae to Kataipa in Bulolo district which borders with Central.
“So we are now upgrading the horse track between Tapini station and Guari and hoping to complete the upgrading by Dec for vehicles to travel. From there, Bulolo MP Sam Basil and I will work on the end of the roads in our electorates to link them up. And we are hoping that road will link both cities before the 2017 national elections.”
Samb said that he would only be rehabilitating and upgrading the projects and services that the Catholic missionaries had established.

“Services such as schools, heath centres, communication and economical projects like agriculture…these services like the road network have deteriorated since the missionaries left and past MPs had failed to upgrade them.”

Apart from the road project, communication network is another project that has already installed throughout Goilala. Kambise, Onongae, Fane, Omuomu and Yongae all have VSAT.

“The missionaries had used VHF and HF radio network to communicate with the outside world, but I have gone another step further by installing VSAT which the people can not only communicate but also to access television network and internet to watch news , sports and to know what is happening outside of Goilala.”
Just as it was the vision of early missionaries like Fr Dubuy to build roads to further the spread of the gospel and open up communication, these same dreams are now being realised by leaders of Goilala.

Not only are Goilalas to be linked to the national capital Port Moresby, they will be able to spread their wings to travel to other provinces on the mainland via the new arterial roads.
These set of roads will finally be the link between Port Moresby, Lae, Madang and the Highlands