Gulf Regional Candidate Ruben Giusu said Gulf province of all the provinces in the country should be well developed by now but yet successive Governors have continued to neglect the province because of the mismanagement of funds.
Running under the Pangu Pati ticket, Giusu made this known to the people of Kikori and Baimuru where he spent eight days living amongst the people and hearing their stories.
“We’ve had over 40 years of independence, so why are our women still dying in these rural areas because of lack of better health services? The stories I heard are heart wrenching. And this is a province that is linked to the Nation’s Capital and Waigani by road,” he said.
Giusu, a police officer, had served as the former Provincial Police Commander in Gulf Province.
He also said that the landowners in resource areas have been promised greater benefits over the years but still nothing has been done to make that a reality.
Giusu said if mandated, he is going to ensure that proper land vetting is done for resource landowners, schools are built to keep its human resource in the province, local SMEs are supported, rural health clinics and airstrips are back up and running, local farmers have access to markets and women in the province are supported and given a voice.
“I want to go in and clean up the system and ensure that the people benefit, especially the landowners and the people living in the rural areas of Gulf. We can’t talk about big things when the basics are not there.
“We can’t keep making the same promises every five years, these are people’s livelihood we are talking about. The province and its people need to feel and see the change in their lives,” he said.
Photo caption: Gulf Regional Candidate, Ruben Giusu (right) refuses to sit on the chair made for him by the people but instead carries a young boy on it.