ENGANS can be proud of the achievements in their province over the past 20 years, particularly during the dark years in the 2000’s when the National Government neglected the provinces.
The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, highlighted developments in Enga when breaking ground for the new Enga Provincial Hospital in Wabag last Friday.
He said real development is taking place in Enga thanks to 20 years of leadership by Sir Peter Ipatas, despite more than a decade of almost no support from the National Government before 2012.
“This is the first provincial hospital to be built since independence, and people from around Enga can be proud of what you have achieved,” he told thousands of people who gathered in Wabag.
“It has taken a long time to get to where we are today, this project started five years ago after so many decades of talk. “Now we are breaking ground and construction will begin on this hospital, and it is a big hospital, with three hundred beds.
“Over the past five years in Enga Province, the national and provincial governments, are delivering plenty of projects. We are building teachers colleges, nursing colleges, polytechnics and town roads. “For the first time, funds are being delivered to the province, to the districts and to the councils, so they can plan money can be used and used where it is needed.”
Mr O’Neill highlighted the tireless work by Sir Peter, who for 20 years delivered services in his province.
“Sit Peter is a strong leader who ignored the lack of commitment of the National Government until we formed Government in 2012, and then we changed the relationship with provinces and districts.
“These could have been wasted years of your life, like it was in many places, where not a new bridge, not a new road, not a new classroom was built.
“But Sir Peter is smart, he found a way to do more in this province with limited funds, and he has changed Enga.
“Education has been a priority for Sir Peter for many years, even before tuition fee free education from our government he was paying for school fees and sending Engans to university.
“That is why today we see so many Engans moving into important jobs in business and government, it is all thanks to the leadership of Sir Peter.
“With free education now at a national level, we are now seeing more students from every province being educated and going university, and we must give credit to the pioneering work of Sir Peter to advance this policy agenda.”