The state of Madang town is deteriorating and while driving to the rally arena, People’s National Congress leader and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill received not only warm hellos from locals, but cries from the public to fix the roads in the provincial capital.
Mr O’Neill began his Madang campaign on Tuesday alongside his party’s candidates for the Madang Open and Madang Regional seats. More than ten thousand Madang residents gathered in the provincial town to hear what the People’s National Congress party had to say.
PNC Candidate for Madang Open Nixon Duban told the crowd of the changes that PNG has seen within a short space of time under the leadership of O’Neill. Referring to the deteriorating conditions of Madang town, he said this clearly reflects the kind of leadership that Madang has had in the past decade, and he, as a candidate under the PNC party, was ready to bring the change that the party wants for PNG.
Madang regional candidate Mary Kamang emphasized on leadership saying the people of Madang have been denied a better basic services because of the absenteeism of their leaders in the province. Leaders have been mandate, but once in office, tend to neglect the people and the province.
Prime Minister O’Neill assured the people of Madang that his party will deliver the basic services they need; free education, his party’s main agenda, has been and will be made available as he said, education will change the life of people.
PNG, he said, is at the crossroads, and whatever decisions that its citizens make today, will determine where we will be in future.
Yesterday, he campaigned with PNC’s Sumkar candidate Ken Fairweather and Bogia Open candidate Joe Kila. PNC has a total of 89 members, 26 are sitting members, while the other 60 plus are contesting candidates in various provinces and districts. He returned to Port Moresby at the end of the day and will be in East Sepik province next week.
Story by Salome Vincent