THE END of August marked five years of operation for Investigation Task-Force Sweep. Half of this time it was funded by government; half of this time it wasn’t.
It also marked five years for me as its chairman – three years with salary and two years without.
The last two years has been very challenging. We have tried our best to survive the onslaught of oppression and suppression.
We have personally borrowed money to survive and people have accused us about this instead of appreciating that we managed to come this far.
It’s like the accusers threw us out of the ship in the middle of the deep ocean and expected us to drown, but when we made it to the shore alive they turned around and cried “why are you still surviving?”
I’ve always held the belief that working for fulfilment is a better motivation than working for salary.
You need salary because you have bills to pay. Once you pay the bills with your salary, money ceases to be the focus. Consider all extras as luxury.
However, salary can be a demotivating factor and can affect performance if the remuneration is inadequate to take care of the bills.
In tough times, such as what I’ve been through, it is principles like this – the duty of Task Force Sweep to investigate official corruption and bring the perpetrators to justice - that keep me and my colleagues motivated to perform.
For two years, we have fought on in servitude to a cause far greater than ourselves.
The reality of survival has tested even my resolve to carry on. Just like every human, I cannot escape reality.
I am in the valley of making a decision and, if I do, the reasons are too obvious to need elaboration. Until that time comes, we have cases still progressing in court, so work is as usual.
There have been temptations and opportunities to take an easy way out but we have kept on to fight this long despite the challenges.
I thank God for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I thank the O’Neill government for giving me the opportunity to serve. I also extend this gratitude towards my family, friends and Papua New Guineans who stood with us and supported us, especially your prayers.
It has been a rewarding journey for me and I have learnt a lot. I hope many others can also be inspired.