PNG needs matured leadership: PM

By WILLIE BRUL

PNG needs strong and matured style of leadership that focuses on delivering goods and services to the majority of the population in order for the country to realize real development.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says this on Thursday when witnessing the signing of the nomination of Health and HIV//AIDS Minister Michael Malabag who will be defending his Moresby Northwest seat under the banner of O’Neill’s People’s National Congress (PNC) Party.

Mr O’Neill said the tangible changes and developments that are happening in the last four years which have been felt and experienced by everyone in the country is because of strong, matured and decisive leadership shown by the government who has set unprecedented records within a short period.

He said the major state-of-the-art infrastructures and facilities that have been built in Port Moresby in the last five years is because of good and quality leadership shown by the three sitting Members of Parliament with Governor Powes Parkop who have delivered more services and development to the people of Papua New Guinea who lived in NCD.

“It is the choice of people to vote freely but I want to urge the people of Moresby Northwest that Michael is an experienced and matured leader and under him we have build more infrastructures and developments, including the Gerehu General Hospital.

“From the airport to Hanuabada we have done a lot to improve the image of the city and Papua New Guineans and residents of NCD knew about it.

“We are confident that we have done our jobs to develop the country and the voters will judge us by our performance over the last five years.

“There are rumors that we are mismanaging the country but if we are mismanaging the country then why are we still building schools, airports, hospitals, why are we still funding districts and health systems in our country?

“We are providing services to the majority of our people. The only people who are upset are the politicians, some of them leading student unrest in the city with so-called student leaders.

“They have aligned themselves with political parties encouraging them to be disruptive. People deserve a strong and matured leadership so that PNG can move in a right direction,” O’Neill said.

Mr Malabag has urged his supporters and polling officials that he wants a transparent, honest and accountable campaign period in the next eight weeks so that voters can make better choices to elect their leader to represent them in Parliament.

A total of 63 candidates have been nominated to contest the Moresby Northwest electorate.

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