Pacnews 12/8/11 reports ...
National capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop wants the Papua New Guinea to find ways to educate more people and review the PNG LNG project deal.
Governor Parkop said he would like to see that agreements between the State and LNG developer Exxon Mobil benefit the people. In addition, Parkop wants to see that equity for the State and landowners are increased.
He said in the current PNG LNG project agreement, the State was not given a free equity and therefore feels that the people of Papua New Guinea were cheaply selling their resources away without being properly compensated for.
He said the review in the agreement would also require a review into the Oil and Gas Act.
If the new Government was serious about making changes in a short period of time in office, they must not be afraid to take a bold action, Parkop said.
On education for all, Parkop said Government must design a programme to ensure students to reach a minimum of grade 12.
Many of the problems facing the country arise from pushing out many young men and women from formal education.
Parkop said he supports the current Government, especially with the appointment of two members from the National Capital District into the new cabinet. The two members are Sir Mekere Morauta (Moresby North West) who has a wealth of experience and Andrew Mald (Moresby North East) who is a young leader showing that the current Government has trust in both old and young leaders.