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07 January 2014


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Garry Juffa, you actually spoke my mind.

I am a Papua New Guinean first and then a tribal person and I share your views.

Since finished schooling and now work and live overseas, I have seen this tribalism and regionalism coming in to major decision-making entities like departments and the national government.

PNG people should think like a nation as division does not unite a nation. Stand together collectively as a nation before a region or a tribe.

Otherwise the beautiful nation can't advance .Think PNG first, after all we are all PNGian,

Gary Juffa, I commend you for your great insight and strong nationalistic heart for this great and unique nation. The tears of those silent majority will form puddles and soon streams will flow and turn into floods and can cause unexpected change for a better a for a united PNG. Its good you've see and spoken about these underlying issues.

True to the core; great leadership.

Governor Juffa, it is unfortunate leaders by chance are wreckers and still have no basic human guilt to look over their shoulder to see if their neighbour is okay.

I salute you as a patriot PNGian leader. Think PNGian and you are on the radar to be the next ideal leader that PNG craves for!

Agree with you Mrs Short. Bring back the National High Schools!

If only one lesson is learnt from their (Sogeri, Aiyura, Passam and Kerevat) resurrection, it will most likely be working together and in harmony with the various tribal groups represented or in today's business phrase = ability to work in/as a team with people of differing views and personalities.

At Passam the glue that held everyone together was its motto: Nuo Yekende, Mne Yekende, simply meaning I respect you, I respect myself.

I still believe nationalism can start this way.

Thank you Gary Juffa.

A comment from Dr Clement Malau yesterday reminded me that the four National High Schools played a crucial role in developing the national outlook.
"....I now know it was those formative years in Kerevat that made me become a real nationalist. I do not see myself as a Sepik but a Papua New Guinean. I am sure many of your students feel the same. Thank you for your contribution to making us who we are. It is sad that there has not been investment in the model.

Bringing together students from all over the country enabled us to mix with each other. In a land of many different tribes this is what is needed to enhancing understanding and respect among all of us. The lack of nationalistic thinking and the need to respect each other is critical. Corruption keeping in to fuel selfishness, personal egos and the “wantok” mentality does not help much in equitable distribution of resources to everyone."

I remember when I was writing the book on the history of Keravat one ex-student wrote..."every Keravat football team was like a national side".

At the moment I know the social media is very active. There are various regional groupings such as the Sepik Region Development Discussion Forum on Facebook, which I belong to. But groups like Charlie Gilichibi's PNG News should be great at getting people from all provinces working together.

But I think it is hard to keep regional politics out of anything in PNG these days. But it must stop, otherwise I fear what it might lead to in the future. Just look at Africa.

Bring back the National High Schools I say. They should have never been compromised! It was worth paying all those airline fares to get the top students from all the tribes living and studying together.

Yu trupla lida.

Great insight into PNG politics.

Keep on writing.

Thank you Gary for highlighting the bad governance practises and the impediments arising from the discourse of our democracy.

I think reformation of our current system of governance could bring about changes. Otherwise good leaders will continue to become victims of the bad political culture currently in operation.

One that I have in mind is a three-tier federal system: provincial, regional and national governments with the head of the government say PM, is elected by the people.

Similar ideas have been expressed in the past and I think it is imperative to raise them again using the power of the social media and other communication modes.

We have all the necessary economic ingredients positive change. The problem lies with our political culture from election system to governance.

Thanks Governor. As an Oro man I will play my bit silently to ensure you remain as our leader. You deserve to be there.

I am always excited about reading what is being attempted at the Provincial and District and village level by outspoken National leaders that could be replicated nationally. The Tattoo and Tapa Festival in Oro was indeed refreshingly innovative and so too is the style of Independence Celebration last year in Oro dedicated to the young. I am waiting to see what Governor Juffa has in store in terms of innovative ideas for wealth & income generation for the people of Oro in 2014.

Congratulations for this clear analysis. Regarding the role of social media in PNG, this is becoming increasingly important, very, very quickly. The number of participants in Facebook fora and twitter is steadily growing mainly through mobile access. People use social media to raise awareness, organise and finally to mobilize, although this is still done through text messaging. The blogs have become the only way to voice critical or dissenting opinions. The old political class has no clue, and will have no idea what hit them.

Gary Juffa, thank you for speaking out and speaking up.

You demonstrate good leadership.

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