By Jack Lapauve – EM TV, Port Moresby
One of PNG’s Founding father, Sir Julius Chan, says time has changed and Papua New Guinea needs to move forward.
The New Ireland Governor said ownership of resources must be given back to landowners.
Governor Chan wants drastic changes in government administration.
Papua New Guinea has come a long way after gaining independence in 1975.
Sir Julius Chan says, the thinking capability of people has reached new heights and leaders must think of innovative ways to take the country into the next 40 years.
“At independence, we were dealing with a different group of people, fairly uneducated, very unsophisticated,” said Sir Julius.
Governor Chan said the future cannot be predicted with developments taking place, but giving ownership to resource owners and prudent government mechanisms are sound traits people will accept and move forward.
“Our new generation of people is educated, and when they begin to know that they’re not being fairly treated, however big or small, they will not tolerate it,” he added.
Sir Julius is imminent people will move forward and accept changes only when they control what belongs to them.
He said people cannot be fooled as knowledge increases.