by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
There are increasing concerns about the lack of government services in villages located along provincial borders.
After his recent visit to border villagers in Morobe, Bulolo MP, Sam Basil, says basic government services are non-existent in many border villages in PNG.
In his quest to bring government services into some of the mountainous villages in the Bulolo District, local MP Sam Basil has discovered that most villages along the Morobe, Northern, Central and Gulf provinces do not have access to basic government services.
In his visit to four of the villages in the Wau Rural Local Government, he learnt that education, health and transportation services were non-existent for decades and villagers there are only accessing them now.
He says the accessing of these services have resulted from the District Services Support Improvement Program Funds.
Basil said basic government services like the building of education infrastructures are the responsibility of provincial governments but over the years, these responsibilities were not materialised leaving people without education facilities.
He said, the office of local members are only there to support and maintain the existing infrastructures that the provincial and national government builds.
And he questioned where the provincial funds allocated for classrooms in his electorate were spent.
The delay in government services arriving at villages along provincial borders stems from their geographical locations.
This situation is similar to other villages located along other provincial borders in the country.
But for Morobe, Basil says with the limited funds his office gets from the government, he will be using them to bring services in remote areas in Bulolo.