October 21 2022
In the last few years, we have seen a good number of buildings being erected in front of the Parliament House.
This may seem a small thing, but it is vital that the area next to the Parliament House must be kept free and the House must be visible from kilometres around, as at North Waigani and Games Village.
We must remember that to a Papua New Guinean, the Parliament House is a national icon.
It represents our sovereignty as a nation too and a democracy that is practised.
Firms or organisations must not be given patches of land near the Parliament House to build tall buildings that will prevent people from seeing the Parliament House.
That house is a special building for our nation and must be visible for kilometres around on all sides.
It is likely too that some buildings that have been constructed have been standing idle for some time.
One might ask why anyone is doing that kind of thing, in constructing a building without an aim of using it.
Firms or organisations that want to build can look for land elsewhere, leave the area around Parliament House free so that the House, which is a national icon, is visible to citizens as well as visitors to the country.
Why continue to blame the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukranian conflict?
Must the Marape led governments continue to blame the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russo-Ukranian war for all the domestic problems starting with ethnic violence and lawlessness to the spike in consumer goods prices and the cost of everyday living?
In either mix may it be a Marape-Basil or Marape-Rosso government the result is always the same. Inevitably a fix led by the Tari/Pori MP is a Molotov cocktail for disaster.
It is a shame and embarrassment for proud Papua New Guineans who hold patents in America’s silicon valley, head multinational corporations, make break through discoveries in the fields of science and technology, advance in aviation, fighter pilots, authors and pioneers who advanced in many of the human endeavours. Does the government comprehensively represent PNG in all facets? Of course not. It is all but impromptu, lackluster and mediocre at the regional stage and beyond. Back home it is summed by one word; incompetence. It simply shows in the conduct of the leader and his cronies.
For example while the country is literally living hand to mouth to pass each day a Marape cabinet is seen lavishly indulged on the taxpayers account watching a rugby game in Brisbane, a hot spring spa in Tokyo, enjoying the games at Rugby League World Cup in England and explore the endless fun at nearby Amsterdam’s red light districts.
You see they have no remorse, empathy or ‘ liklik bel sori’ to fellow Papua New Guineans who are trying to live each day miraculously squeezing water from rock.
Papua New Guineans must not ignore the reality confronting us each day.
Each and everyone must speak to their respective Member of Parliament and end this madness – ‘longlong.’ The elections few months ago apparently failed but it was not your fault because the regime derailed and rigged the polls according to its whim. Therefore it would now require the collective effort of the citizens to force a truce.
The government is still holding Covid-19 and Russian President Vladimir Putin for all the things going wrong in the country whilst waiting for another global phenomenon – either natural or man-made – to shift blame.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it pins on innocent the Kumuls losing the rugby world cup.
The Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Honourable Don Polye’s decisive step on proposing to grant financial autonomy to Vudal University’s Popondetta campus is a step in the right direction.
The campus should further extend its functions to cover administrative, selection, and academic awards system to promote the independent status of the university in the long run.
Whilst the national government is emphasising on agriculture and downstream processing by creating four agricultural ministerial portfolios, it could equally compensate by reviving the other two former agriculture colleges under the same institutional autonomous concept . These former agriculture colleges are Maprik agriculture college in East Sepik and Highlands Agriculture College in Mount Hagen.
I understand the Maprik Campus was converted by University of Goroka (UOG) to offer its courses, so it can introduce agriculture as another option or already on offer not sure.
The Highlands Agriculture College should also follow on the same structure and should all be amalgamated with University of Technology and Vudal’s programs.
This should be a way forward in the dissemination and transfer of modern agriculture knowledge, climate adaptation and resilient skills, hybrid crop breeding,, high yielding crop propagation and researches.
Plant disease and pests, soil science, selective crop type to suit each climatic conditions should be encouraged for farmers.
This agriculture universities when integrated into an universal system, could have an impact in the agriculture economic sector in promoting SME and downstream processing in the long run.
Mindset is the established set of attitudes held by someone. People’s mindset are influenced by many factors. Apart from traditions and cultures our mindset can be influence by personality, surroundings, interruptions, families, friends, arguments, jealousy, perceived competition and how we view ourselves.
The decider of the development and civilization of a society is the attitude of the people. Simple manner plays a pivotal role in healthy progress of a society that leads to a better nation building.
India’s greatest leader Mahatma Gandhi once said “you must be the change you wish to see in this world”. What does Mr Gandhi’s quote mean?
It simply tells people to take a collective effort, be an example by changing yourself and inspire others to do the same. The world cannot change on its own.
In PNG international commentators and the global community have comment negatively on our attitude. Over the years since independence our people have struggle to match the mindset with that of western nations. Yet we still can not change due to us having attached to our tradition and cultures.
Churches and schools are the only organizations that trains people to behave properly and change the mindsets. Law and order issues in the country is caused by the beliefs of certain ethnicity or even individual of being superior.
No one is a “Rambo “in this world. The modern society demands everyone to respect each other.
The success of a nation is the mindset of individual. The recent PM13 match between PNG and Australia of which our boys lost to the giant Australians is because of the perception they already had on Australia before taking them on field.
They were psychological defeated before being physically defeated.
That’s the type of mindsets we have at local levels as well.
We know that alcohol and cigarette caused cancer yet we continue to put them into our mouth. We also know that gambling of all forms are bad but we continue to waste our money on a bad habit.
We know that adultery is a sin yet we waste our money in brothels with people whom we don’t know might be HIV positive. These are examples of attitude that labels us as uncivilised.
It is time we become the change we want to see in our country. Let us not wait for the government to change the country.
Let us not blame anyone because we all will play a part to change Papua New Guinea if only we change our mindset.
Justin Max Torono
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October 21 2022