Developments must be appreciated

Port Moresby continues to develop with its physical appearance and the progress complements well with our vision to create a liveable, modern capital city which is the best in the Pacific Region outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years, our city has enjoyed unprecedented developments in terms of infrastructures and services. Their spin-off benefits are now being realised and enjoyed by the city residents overtime. Its image, as a growing capital city, which is physically seen-has been promoted globally and regionally through the relevant international events of significance hosted in the city for Papua New Guinea.

While our city is developing to further boost itself as an amazing city with improved quality infrastructure, the reciprocal attitude of the users-the inhabitants of the city-is sadly not forthcoming. Generally, the attitude of our city residents can be described as taking the development initiatives of the National Capital District Commission and the National Government for granted. There are certain people in the city who cannot care for the improvements that are coming about in the city and more importantly, to their benefits.

In other words, they should be thankful that the authorities are improving their livelihood with such quality infrastructure. Basically, the civic pride is amiss in some of our residents and the negative results are being seen and experienced in our city. For instance, red betel nut spittle spewed on the main driver ways and in front of shopfronts.

To the extremes, we are not appreciating the development that is taking place around us in the city. Port Moresby is already known globally for its development and its potential. This recognition is regarded by the rest of the world for they have testified to this effect in appreciation of the changes that are taking place in the city. The question of why we are not appreciating the changes keeps begging for an answer as the unappreciative attitude of some people continues in the city.

The continuous vandalising of public property, the careless littering and the clear disregard for authorised rules and regulations in the midst of a fast modernising city is obviously disrespectful and lacks of appreciation for the transformation that is taking place in our city. The expectation on the residents from the Commission and from many likeminded people in the city is an appreciation of the service that is provided to the city. The pride of living and belonging to a fast growing city should be shown by all concerned but unfortunately, a few show this pride and really appreciate the changes compared to the majority whose attitude desires a change to appreciate the changing environment. In fact, we should be adjusting to the changes taking place.

Otherwise, we will be left behind in development as the transition to the new environment gets delayed further and further. New development calls for a change in attitude and adapting to the changes; thus, it should bring about the desired benefits. In response to this situation, comments to this effect have been raised in public on the uselessness of development initiatives if our attitudes do not change in relation to the changes in society.

Port Moresby has had its share of this problem and concerns have been raised with constant appeals from authorities and community groups for everyone to change with time and progress. Port Moresby’s diversity can be a contributing factor with different ethnicity and varying rates of comprehension and understanding but, the situation is really to do with our behaviour. The opening of the New Gordons Market adds to the transformation of Port Moresby and indeed, at the opening city residents marvelled at the magnificent structure that was described as the biggest fresh produce market in Papua New Guinea and most probably in the South Pacific excluding Australia and New Zealand.

The K30 million market jointly funded by the National Capital District Commission and the Government of New Zealand sets the pace in market infrastructure in the country. The modern set-up involving better control, convenience and with safety as paramount leads the way. But, all in all, the desired benefits to the welfare of the city residents should be the first and foremost consideration for everyone in the city.

The significant funding by the people and the government of New Zealand and our very own NCDC should be considered highly and the overall benefits should be significantly valued over the arrogant behaviour of the people. The time and energy put into securing this funding for public benefit should be given due consideration over other things with the thought that this huge investment could have been used elsewhere.

Through this new Gordons Market, it is my fervent hope that we all take responsibility to look after it with pride to fully serve its purpose. Let us talk to our people on the correct approach to this significant development. Let us all also appreciate the new market and the efforts of everyone involved to see it happen in our city




  1. Steven Okuk

    We have done some free work for NCDC during the festive period. We would like to know standard operating precedures applied particularly for the cleanliness of NCDC, so we can comply.
    We have painted 25 NCDC painted drums and deployed around godens, unagi oval and boroko. Travelling public are now still trowing their rubbish into those drums. Please, we would need your direction and guidance so we can continue to help keep port moresby clean.

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