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Papua New Guinea has the potential to provide a high standard of living for most of its people but the problem is not resources or finance but poor leadership, according to National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop.

Mr Parkop, who was elected NCD Governor a year ago, said PNG’s problem was that leaders at the political and administrative level had failed to appreciate that their first responsibility was to protect the assets of the people.

He said poor administration, bad habits and bad attitudes had strangled the nation and retarded its development. Misuse, misappropriation and outright stealing continued to plague the nation at political and administrative levels.

“Public servants continue to see themselves as more important than our people, and that we must pamper them before they can deliver government’s plans, priorities and policies,” Mr Parkop said.

He said many people were victims of the handout mentality that had become institutionalised in the system of government. This culture had become a monster that started at the election campaigns and continued throughout a member’s term of office and destroyed the member and the people.

He said he had entered politics because of his passion and commitment to serve people and make a difference.

Source: ‘Poor leadership a problem’, PNG Post-Courier, 23 July 2008


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