post courier 17th july 2008
Parkop bid to relocate Hanuabada
THE National Capital District Commission has plans to relocate several villages and settlements in the nation’s capital city, including Hanuabada, Elevala and Gabi villages.
The Post-Courier was not present when Governor Powes Parkop opened the NCDC management workshop yesterday, but the newspaper was informed by those present that he had stated that these villages would have to be relocated.
He did not spell out how this would be done. Settlements as well as the Gordon market will also have to be relocated elsewhere.
He said NCDC needed to work together with other organisations, including the local level governments for the relocation program to be achieved.
Everyone has to co-operate and clean up the city to make it what it should be – a city for all to be proud of.
“What legacy are we going to leave for our children? A city of rubbish, of buai spit, of settlements, of crime and violence?” he asked.
He said the city was growing and when the population reached one million, there would be no land for settlers and therefore as city managers, the city had to be managed properly now for the good of the future generation.
He said the real problem facing Papua New Guinea was not lack of money, but the management of resources.
Currently, Port Moresby is the first and the last impression for overseas visitors and therefore it needs to be a role model for the rest of PNG.
The city is also building on the income generated from the resources of the country such as coffee, copra and so on – while little is going back to the rural areas of the country.
Port Moresby, he said, had given little to the rural areas in return for these resources and had instead been the place for crime and issues such as HIV and AIDS.
The city needed to be developed in a way that everyone in the country was proud of.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s NCDC workshop was one of several of the commission’s human resource and organisation capacity strengthening initiatives geared towards preparing the management to enable efficient and effective implementation of the commission’s five year (2008 – 2012) Corporate Plan.
Speakers from various government departments were asked to speak on their functions and programs as part of giving the participants (from NCDC) a better understanding of NCDC’s stakeholder departments and organisations so that these establishments could be better integrated as partners in addressing pressing challenges confronting the city.