DEBORAH RUTH TELEK
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - We cannot even get National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority accredited laboratories up and running around Papua New Guinea for testing.
These labs are used for testing water supply and processed food samples for public safety.
But now it seems we want to leapfrog over all the other things this country needs and do drug research. Wow!
The National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology is failing and cannot handle local calibration of weights, thermometers and other standard measurement equipment, a job which is outsourced to the private sector.
It seems we have forgotten about the necessity of this enabling environment and are paying a startup entity K10.2 million for drug research. Shocking!
Let’s say goodbye to our tax money.
I mean, the government has just restructured an existing loan with Bank South Pacific and given us some breathing space so the K10.2 million is possibly just loose change that fell out of the prime minister’s pocket while he was listening to Niugini BioMed’s spiel.
I wonder if the EMTV news item showing Niugini BioMed directors justifying themselves is how they presented to our prime minister.
Did they ramble like that in front of the prime minister? Why would he buy the Covoid drug proposal hook line and sinker with that poor presentation?
Right thinking Papua New Guineans would say no to the BioMed proposal in its current form and at this time.
We have other pressing priorities.