Demas Kavavu was responding to General Secretary of the PNG Trade Union Congress, John Paska, who said the so-called “bilas peles” has very little to show for the bilas.
However, Kavavu says New Ireland Province, under the leadership of Governor Sir Julius Chan, is soaring ahead to build a firm legacy in the implementation of its unique development policies, placing New Irelanders well ahead of other provinces.
“Where else in Papua New Guinea can you find the old and disabled embraced by their Government, where else can you find families getting assistance from the Government with cheap roofing iron to build homes and solar lighting, where else can you find 400 VIP toilets and water catchments delivered to communities?
“Even the free and subsidised education policy was birthed and first implemented in New Ireland for four years until 2012, when the National Government under Prime Minister Peter O’Neill adopted it as a national policy.
“Where else in PNG do you find student intake jump from 25,000 to 65,000 from Elementary to Grade 12 within ten years?”
Chief Kavavu continues: “Paska has no clue on the tremendous recovery work that has been done over the past 10 years and the grading in education and health, the restoration of forgotten roads, bridges and health posts that have attracted business and investment into Kavieng, Namatanai and Konos.”
Chief Kavavu stresses that the statistics of service delivery in New Ireland are clear and available for review.
(Chief Demas Kavavu, right, with Governor Sir Julius Chan during the launch of the cocoa project)