VILLAGERS HAVE ACCESS TO TV – The National


By Clifford Faiparik

REMOTE villagers in the mountainous Goilala district in Central are able to watch television in their own homes – thanks to MP William Samb.
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He travelled to Kodige village in Goilala last Thursday to switch on the television and make phone calls from there after the launching of the VSat network at the Kotinge Community School.
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Samb switched on the television and made phone calls out of Lower Dilawa.

Area chief Kaia Ciriso said the people were happy to be connected to the rest of the world as their Independence Day gift.
Samb said communication was important to development in the remote area.

“Communication will enable you to let people know about your needs,” he said.

“Without communication, there will be no help.”
So far, the VSat system has been installed at Onongae, Yongae, Sopu and Omu villages.
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Samb said the rollout of the system was funded under the K6 million district service improvement programme fund.

Other infrastructure developments are the roads from Tapini to Guari, Bakoiudu to Tapini and Kuna to Onongae.
Airstrips are being upgraded at Onongae, Yongae, Woitape, Fane, Sopu and Guari.
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GOILALAS – SO CLOSE TO THE NATION’S CAPITAL BUT OUR ACTIONS SAYS OTHERWISE.


Goilala District is made up of 3 language groups which have been further used as LLG boundaries within the District.
Guari LLG covers 98% of Gunimaipa language speaking Goilala. The remaining 2% extend into Tapini LLG and even back into Bulolo District’s Waria LLG and even into Gulf Province and some parts of Kairuku Hiri District.
Tapini LLG is dominated by Tauwade speaking Goilalas. The District’s HQ is in Tapini LLG. Tauwade speaking Goilalas extend also in some parts of Guari LLG. And Tauwade speaking Goilalas are also found in Woitape LLG’s Ward 6 – Kosipe-Tanipai.
Woitape LLG Goilalas speak the third language which is Fuyuge. Parts of Fuyuge speaking Goilalas extend into Kairuku Hiri from the Auga Dilava (Ward 4 and 5) and Lower Veitapu (Ward 7 and Ward 8) sections.
AGGRESSION AND VIOLENT ATTITUDES
When it comes to aggression and violence, Gunimaipas and Tauwades share number 1 place equally. Making the second place vacant. Third place is owned by Fuyuge speaking Goilalas.
The Fuyuge speaking Goilalas in Auga Dilava seem to pick up on the aggressive rankings mostly because of the influence they got from the influx of Tauwades and Gunimaipas at the TGM mine site.
Woitape station is also dominated and controlled by Tauwades from Kosipe and Tanipai. The Fuyuges are out classed in the aggressive and violent department in their own turf.

Gunimaipas and Tauwades, been serious about extending and expanding their aggressive and violent beliefs, has filtered into Waria LLG in Morobe’s Bulolo District and has made Wau Town become their own for a fair while now. They even out smart the locals like their fellow aggressive brothers in Woitape station.

WHY ARE TAUWADES AND GUNIMAIPAS SO AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT?
EGO.
Tauwades and Gunimaipas are tribes made up of people who are so drunk with egos. An attempt to dent and lower or downgrade that EGO is an attempt made on their lives.
They will retaliate with all guns blazing. And your life can be taken over a minor issue, so long as it’s an ego issue for Tauwades and Gunimaipas.
Most of the time, if not, all the time, these EGOS are over inflated, blown out of proportion and even exaggerated. But who cares, so long as the Gunimaipas and Tauwades feel good defending that, its all OK.
When it comes to taking a life,Tauwades and Gunimaipas will not pause to reconsider their actions.

A white man was murdered in Aiwara, back in the early 1980s. And the murderers later compose a song about the way they killed the poor soul. I was a kid back then, and recall choppers flying into Tapini station with police and media personnel. ‎

Compose a song? And show off about how it was done? Laughing it off and feeling good about yourselves?

Don’t you think that poor life lost has a family? Don’t you think that life lost might be a husband to a wife who will now be a widow? And don’t you think that life lost is a dad to a child who will now have no father because you took his father’s life?

WHAT HAS SUCH BEHAVIOUR BROUGHT US?
Nothing.
Except for condemnation and discrimination from far and wide.
Try to ask senior educated Goilalas today how it has been for them to find employment in organisations back in the day when the name Goilala was a BLACK STAIN in itself.
And even after securing employment, how has it been like to go to work every day, working amongst people who knew they were from Goilala.
So long as you are from Goilala,you had killer/criminal/rapist/thief instincts built into you.
Public servants from outside have over time declined to come and work in Goilala not because there was no food or no schools or no aid posts. They declined purely because of security reasons and their own safety.

One commentator rightfully stated..”it does not matter how long one has taken to be good to a Goilala, when it comes to taking your life, a Goilala will do it without remorse”

SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR AWAY.
Most of the time we seem to say the mountainous, rugged, terrain with steep mountain ranges and fast flowing rivers is the reason why government services are not been delivered to us for our own use.
We also blame it on incompetence on the part of our politicians and leaders.  We say their incompetence has allowed corruption, greed and mismanagement of public finances hence hindering basic service delivery throughout Goilala.
But don’t you think it’s fair to say our own actions of violence and aggression is directly playing a role to block the free flow of services in Goilala?
Don’t you also think the “inaction” of those few good people in not helping to apprehend or educate the violent and aggressive individuals might be a hindrance in itself?

We are so close to the Capital of Papua New Guinea. And it’s so unfortunate our own actions/inactions are directly contributing to pushing us to the stone ages.

MOVING FORWARD.
We all wish for that one day were Goilalas will not be judged by the background of our Ethnic Originality but by the Content of the magnitude of our contribution towards nation building.
What can we do as Individuals AND as a Group to help us achieve this WISH?
The onus is now on us, the Goilalas to do the right thing.
We HAVE to and we MUST step up both in our actions, our words, our interactions, our beliefs and our dreams to help achieve this. ‎‎‎‎

DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL – SHOULD BE THE ENDING OF A LONG STORY – BOTTOM UP PLANNING.


FACT.
In a layman’s language, Secondary Education is a level in our education system where one is prepared for University Education. More so Tertiary education.

And in any University system, in the country or overseas, the brightest, well prepared, fully equipped students converged in one place.

And while they are competing against the system to survive each semester in a University, there is a high chance for these students been measured against each other.

The last thing we would want to happen is to get “ill-prepared, half-baked, below par performing students into any University and realize they will survive the first semester of their first year and drop out because they can’t get passed that first semester – FLUNKED!

LOGICAL APPROACH
If I was the MP, and maybe if I was in charge of Diocese of Bereina, I would suggest this as a way forward.

[1] Make Submission upgrade (a) St. Peter ToRot Primary school, (b) Fatima Primary School, (c) Sopu Primary School, (d) Tolokuma Primary Schools & (e) Yongai Primary School to TOP UP – taking in grades 7 & 8. [in the first year]

[2]. With 6 TOP UP schools now in operation in Goilala, I would push to have St Peter ToRot, Fatima and Tolokuma upgraded to “DAY HIGH SCHOOLs” – taking in Grades 9 – 10 [in the second year].

[3] With St Peter ToRot and Fatima, with Tolokuma made Day High School, I would push to have Omu/Rupila and Kone Bridge, and Mondo Primary Schools become TOP UP to cover the void created by the DAY HIGH SCHOOLs promotions.[in the second year – runs parallel to option 2.]

[4] I would ensure Woitape Vocational Centre is Open and make Submissions upgrade that to a Technical College. In preparation to take in drop outs from a District Secondary School if there does exists one. [in the 3rd year]

[5] Make Submissions upgrade Tapini Sacred Heart High School to a SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL.

[6] Make it mandatory for all dropouts from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School to get enrolled into Woitape Technical college

LIFE STORY.
Back in my Grade 5, my Teacher Mr. Kevin Javia [father of brother Francis Javia ] challenged me and my class in Sopu Comunity school.

“When you finish from Sopu, if you are successful, you end up in Tapini, where Goilala’s brightest students across the District will gather. You need to be smart and clever to get passed Tapini High School [then]

After Tapini, if you are smart and bright, you end up in a National High school – Sogeri. That is where Central Province’s finest and brightest will get selected too. There won’t be room for monkey games there.

If you still survive Sogeri, you get to UPNG, that is where the Nation’s brightest are selected to. You will have no time for monkey games.

If you are not alert, if you are not prepared, if you are lazy, if you are ill-prepared, you will get smoked out along the way.

Get serious now, if you want to be that student standing up there amongst the Nation’s best after 4 years at UPNG to receive your scroll from the Chancellor of UPNG” – Mr. Kevin Javia.

WISH
I would hate to see Goilala students going to University and Tertiary colleges to be slaughtered by the system, and be filtered and rejected on arrival.

TAPINI SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL SUBMISSION – KICKBACK


A Ten million kina submission for Tapini SHHS to be upgraded to Secondary school knocked back due to concerned stakeholders not committing their share for COUNTERPART FUNDING.

And I believe that this is the first time a submission of such forwarded by Bereina Dioceses Project office was overlooked.

This is a total let down for District and the Agency because of Government of the day including the Provincial, District, and the Prime Minister’s office.

Information from a close source of Diocese project office stated that our school submission was in the final list for funding but dropped.

If only we had that 20percent of the ten million we would have the first Grade Eleven next year 2017.
Source: Post by Albert Alex Kaita  on Goilala District Discussion Forum Facebook group.

Photos provided by Martin Au of Tapini Sacred Heart High School

 

ELEPHANT GRASS WAITS FOR NO ONE – FANE AIRSTRIP


They say “Time Waits for No Man” The same can be said for Elephant Grass!!

It has been 3 months since we had the relevant authority/department/officials/etc… for Airstrips in Goilala; spend a stack of money to fly all over the place in helicopters and make some very bold statements.

Some Free Advice:
If limited budget is a constraint; then simple research & tangible delivery prioritisation founded on that research should be paramount…. An obvious question to ask initially; would be, Where are planes landing presently? That might be a very good place to start?

Note for Mr Bromley:
And again I am repeating myself; Fane Airstrip is the feeder airstrip to the heavily populated surrounding communities of Tolukuma Gold Mine and we have a “Tractor & Slasher” available (requires diesel & some parts, which the list of, was provided to you by TGM Heavy Diesel Mechanic, Mr. Hasu Gebob, whom additionally has donated his time to carry out the labour required; free of charge)… You did tell me at 7 Mile (Jackson’s Airport) that RAA wanted to maintain a standard across the board and use lawnmowers… I strongly suggest for this instance (Fane); that you raise your standard and utilise the assets already available on the ground.

P.S. To whom it may concern:
The Petrol & Diesel Drums that I bring up from POM costs an arm & leg; and is for retailing; not for doing your job!! (Next time you will get the Bill)

Note:
The dozens of times we have done this same job previously (many times without a lawn mower) we have never made a mention. But only posted these images because of the “Hot Air” that some are blowing recently relating to the topic of Goilala Airstrips & service delivery.

Admin note: Bruce’s mention of hot air refers the following articles.

1. Rural Airstrip Agency Project
2. Rural Airstrip Agency Project
3. Rural Airstrip Agency Project

 

Source: Bruce Mamando’s Facebook Profile