BY REGINALD RENAGI
PAPUA NEW GUINEA is not a united country after 39 years of self-government and independence because it inherited a flawed political model.
The two-tier (national-provincial) and three-tier (national-provincial-local) government arrangements have not effectively functioned due to an ineffective delivery system of goods and services to all provinces since the mid-1970s when the decentralised system (later renamed provincial government) was introduced.
The current political model is not working and there is uneven wealth distribution. PNG needs major political and social reforms and good political leaders.
The bureaucracy needs to be totally overhauled with a new professional national workforce.
PNG must be now governed under a federal political model so the whole country and its bureaucracy work to deliver services to all provinces.
The country needs to have regional state governments to properly manage and control their own administration, budget, resources and movement of their own people to other provinces.
The state governments of these regions: Papua, Highlands, Momase, New Guinea Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville will in effect manage their own regions with their own budget to develop their own regions.
This will also ensure a good level of autonomy is practiced by each region to see the country's resources properly managed and not squandered as is at the present case since independence.