Students at a secondary school in Maprik District were upset that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill didn’t visit their school when he was in the District recently.
Maprik Secondary school Administration spent K100, 000, for the PM’s visit to their school, but to their dismay, he never turned up, as he was busy officiating at other ceremonies in the district.
Top of the list, the students wanted to relay to the Prime Minister, is the 20 year old water, and sewerage crisis faced by the school.
When students at Maprik Secondary School heard about the Prime Minister’s visit, they were excited. Classes were suspended for two weeks in preparation for the visit. The Administration spent K100, 000 for the welcome ceremony.
They even purchased two separate carpets, the red one for the welcome, and the green one to farewell the Prime Minister, and his delegates.
However, all the excitement and their high spirits were crushed, when the Prime Minister never visited the school, as he was busy officiating at the Maprik Hayfield Airport ground breaking ceremony, and unveiling of the new District’s hospital plan.
Head of Mathematics and the Teacher in Charge for the Organizing Committee, Alfred Tanakai, said the students were upset they never got to meet the nation’s Chief Executive Officer.
They wanted to tell Mr. O’Neill personally, that they have been facing water and sewerage problems for the last two decades.
Currently, they rely on nearby creeks and stored rain water in tanks. But during the dry season, it gets harder. Coupled with this are ongoing land issues with landowners of the piece of land, where the school sits.
However, Members of parliament who visited the school apologized on behalf of the Prime Minister, as time couldn’t allow him to visit the school. They assured the students that their concerns will be looked into.
Member for Maprik John Simon told the students that their expenses will be reimbursed in full by the District Administration, something which the students were grateful for.
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