NCD Governor Powes Parkop wants *collective responsibility* from city residents to advance quality of life in the city.
Speaking at the end of the Active City Development program’s weekly Walk and Yoga for Life at the Paga Hill Ring Road on Sunday morning, Mr Parkop admitted that the Municipal Government-with the support from the National Government-cannot solve all the development challenges in the city alone.
“We cannot solve everything for you. I, as your Governor, will continue to do my part to provide jobs and income earning opportunities for you, improve our health and education services, expand the city and build more infrastructures. But, I need you all to do your part to think about how our future can be better than now. What you do now is important for our future”, says Governor Parkop.
“We have allocated resources and implemented so many initiatives to make our City better. We have made transformational progresses, but we still have a long way to go."
I am doing my part to lift you. I need you all to do your part by getting the basics right,” he said.
On health, he said the government is doing their part to improve health facilities with equipment,continuous supply of medicines and provide doctors and other medical workers to ensure adequate services are delivered to the people.
To balance the equation,he emphasised that they should be committed to the program to improve their health, wellness and fitness.
Governor Parkop reiterated that they were participating in the program for their own benefit.
He also extended his call on the people to make Port Moresby free from violence, plastics, betel nut spittle and graffiti.
“A safe, peaceful,active, clean, and progressive city can only be achieved with each and everyone of the city residents taking part in the transformation journey," said the Governor.
“I’ve always said to all of you that the time is now for PNG and Port Moresby to rise! Do not waste anymore time and take the trouble to ask what you can do to improve yourselves and by doing that, contribute and improve our nation as a whole”, he said.
General Angus Campbell who is the Commander of Australian Defence Force, PNG Country Director of Public Services International Shannon McVey, her staff and community activists,members of the PNGDF, West Papuan Community members, Stephany Campbell of Oil Search Foundation, students and thousands of city dwellers joined Governor Parkop at the walk.
It was boosted by the presence of the famous Thailand cave rescuers Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen who were in town to meet and inspire city residents and experience first hand our Amazing Port Moresby.