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Yangoru-Saussia People Speak of Leadership

By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

People of the Yangoru-Saussia electorate have spoken highly of their local MP, Richard Maru, for delivering the much-needed government services.

They have praised Maru “for bringing in change”.

Locals made these comments during this week’s visit by EMTV News, where some of these developments were observed.

The minimum priority activities have so far been achieved in terms of education, health, transport infrastructure maintenance, primary production and village courts.

Nearly in all villages EMTV visited, services had been lacking over the 40 years since Papua New Guinea became an independent nation in 1975.

According to Eva Wangihama successive government leaders, failed to deliver the much-needed services.

“For now at least, we can see development,” she said.

Niahombi Village Councilor, Simon Niaha, said that although former Yangoru-Saussia MP, the late John Jeminen, was known for opening the development phase, he did little.

“No more walking business. People can now access the road and even get on a bus to Wewak town,” Niaha said.

Harigen villager and mother, Rhonda Homboku, described Maru as having the focus to deliver.

“Maru is a true leader and we want to retain such leaders in future.”

A youth from Harigen Fabian Homboku said that law and order has improved, following the deployment of police personnel from the mobile squad.

“Mothers can now market their produce in the night. Also people are able to walk freely in the night. Yangoru is the only market that operates in the night,” he said.

According to Maru he will continue to represent their interests in parliament and bring these essential services. 

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