AS PAPUA New Guinea marks Independence Day today, Oro Governor Gary Juffa has reminded citizens about why it is vital to reflect more critically on the challenges still faced.
The country is still not independent of corruption, poverty, apathy, hopelessness and inconsideration from Waigani, Governor Juffa said.
“We are glad we are independent and, yes, we have seen developments here and there.
But we must reflect on how far we have come in the last 40 years,” he said.
“We must not be comfortable and say ‘we are independent and we have come far’ because the fact of the matter is that we have not come far enough.”
Governor Juffa said that, after 40 years of Independence, PNG has failed to reach the level it should have in such time.
“Today, we must reflect upon and think about the next 40 years,” he said.
Juffa has encouraged his own family and the people of Oro and Papua New Guinea to use this opportunity to spend time with their families to think about how they can make a difference in their communities, province and country.
“They can think about 2017 when they make decisions to identify leaders rather than just politicians, so the next 40 years will not be wasted,” he said.