Engans can be proud of the achievements in their province over the past twenty years, particularly during the dark years in the 2000’s when the National Government neglected the provinces.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, highlighted developments in Enga when breaking ground for the new Enga Provincial Hospital in Wabag on Friday.
PM O’Neill said real development is taking place in Enga thanks to twenty years of leadership by Hon. Grand Chief Sir Peter Ipatas KBE GCL MP, despite more than a decade of almost no support from the National Government prior to 2012.
“This is the first provincial hospital to be built since independence, and people from around Enga can be proud of what you have achieved,” the Prime Minister said to thousands of people who gathered in Wabag.
“It has taken a long time to get to where we are today, this project started five years ago after so many decades of talk.
“Now we are breaking ground and construction will begin on this hospital, and it is a big hospital, with three hundred beds.
“Over the past five years in Enga province, the National and Provincial Governments, are delivering plenty of projects. We are building teachers colleges, nursing colleges, polytechnics and town roads.
“For the first time, funds are being delivered to the province, to the districts and to the councils, so they can plan money can be used and used where it is needed.”
The Prime Minister highlighted the tireless work by Enga’s Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, who for twenty years delivered services in his province when the previous National Government neglected the provinces.
“Sit Peter Ipatas is a strong leader who ignored the lack of commitment of the National Government until we formed Government in 2012, and then we changed the relationship with provinces and districts.
“These could have been wasted years of your life, like it was in many places, where not a new bridge, not a new road, not a new classroom was built.
“But Sir Peter Ipatas is smart, he found a way to do more in this province with limited funds, and he has changed Enga.
“Education has been a priority for Sir Peter for many years, even before tuition fee free education from our Government he was paying for school fees and sending Engans to university.
“That is why today we see so many Engans moving into important jobs in business and government, it is all thanks to the leadership of Sir Peter Ipatas.
“With free education now at a national level, we are now seeing more students from every province being educated and going university, and we must give credit to the pioneering work of Sir Peter Ipatas to advance this policy agenda.”
Caption: (L to R) China’s Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E.Xue Bing, Enga Governor, Grand Chief Sir Peter Ipatas, and Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill break ground for the new Enga Provincial Hospital.