Wednesday, June 5, 2013


An emerging trend of close cooperation  between members of parliament in Papua New Guinea’s Morobe province  is changing the face of  rural development.
Gisuat Siniwin, Nawaeb MP.  No man is an island.
MPs  sharing common  borders are beginning to work together on projects  of common benefit.  It’s a far cry from the days when political party rivalry  took precedence over the common good.
Nawaeb’s  Gisuat Siniwin and Kabwum’s Bob Dadae   are examples. They   began working together because  they share common challenges and difficulties.  The Nawae  electorate shares a common land border with   Kabwum.   People in both electorates grow coffee.   Both electorates have transport infrastructure challenges, high maternal and infant mortality rates and low literacy.
Ross Seymour, Huon Gulf MP
“Members of Parliament need to work together,”  Siniwin says.  “there is no other way.”
Just recently,  Siniwin and Dadae   announced  the start of work on a jointly funded  coffee mill worth  1.6 million kina.  It will serve people in coffee growing areas of Boana, and  landlocked areas in Kabwum.   They’re also talking  about road construction between the two electorates but that’s still a long way off.   They have to work out how  they’re going to cross  the hundreds of  mountain ridges of the Sarawaged Ranges.  
            “We belong to the same place,” Kabwum’s Bob Dadae told a meeting of landowners from Nawae who were granted a permit to operate a coffee mill. “Whatever benefit that goes to Nawaeb will also come to Kabwum.”
Theo Zurenuoc, Finchafen MP. Cost of service delivery is very high.
            In Bulolo,  a new road being constructed    into the Buang area has opened up new opportunities  for people in Salamaua in the   Huon electorate.   Bulolo’s   rural  electrification program and the road will be extended into the Huon Gulf. That’s the result of brainstorming sessions between  Bulolo’s Sam Basil and Huon Gulf’s  Ross Seymour.  
Building roads is no easy feat.
            Both men are  members of  the opposition party in parliament.  Seymour a fist time MP, has been discussing the possibility of connecting a road from  Buang into the Huon Gulf which will, for the first time, connect the coastal government station  to the provincial  capital of Lae.
            “It’s good for the districts. Its good for the province and it’s good for the country,” says  Seymour.  
            At the other end of the province,  in Finchafen,  where service delivery takes up 70 percent of  project costs,  The Finchafen MP,  and speaker of parliament, Theo Zurenoc hopes to  connect roads into Pindiu linking Kabwum and Finchhaefen.
            If they succeed in  achieving those tasks in this term,   they will have done more  than what their predecessors did in previous  terms.

1 comment:

  1. Has to good for everyone, keep up the momentum