ON THIS DAY IN OUR HISTORY: Farmer walks awareness

A FISH farmer has taken the initiative and conducted an election awareness program in Kompiam Ambum District of Enga Province. Taitus Taien Pyo, a former Bank South Pacific security guard turned fish farmer, is involved in training people on issues of good governance and safe, free and fair elections.

Mr Taien has no formal skills, but through God’s help he has successfully submitted proposals to the National Fisheries Authority to obtain funding for his fish pond.

He followed the same path and submitted proposals to the Election Commission Awareness Program and successfully received funding to implement the election awareness program.

The two-week training ended last Friday and covered topics including preventing the spread of HIV-AIDS and gender equality. Nancy Leia, deputy election manager of Enga Province, concluded the training and awarded diplomas to 30 participants.

The graduating participants now have the responsibility to provide training in their respective communities and local governments to ensure that they pass on what they have learned to the majority of the people in the village.

Mr Taien successfully applied through the Electoral Commission Headquarters in Port Moresby under his Taia Fish Breeding and training at a two-week center which was accepted.

Most of the participants who completed the training and obtained recognition certificates are fish farmers, while the rest were former MPs, councillors, teachers and ministers.

Mr Taien said it was good to train these people as he hoped they would make a difference in their community. He added that they should start raising awareness this week and calm down during the elections.

Ms Leia said such training was being conducted for the first time in Enga and thanked the Tait Fish Breeding Center for submitting successful proposals to seek training funds that made things possible.

She said most of the training was delivered in urban areas but it was fortunate that this training was delivered in rural areas and commended Tait Fish for his involvement in an election training awareness programme.

The most important part of the training was tackling and fighting corruption as this would make a big difference, she said.

Mr Taien said he would not conduct the training without support from the Electoral Commission and thanked the commission for accepting the proposal to provide funds.

He said it was difficult for him to submit proposals and seek funding to deliver training, but it became easy for him to take on the task when he realized everything was available.

Mr Taien said he would like more training for all parts of Kompiam Ambum, but that would depend on whether he gets financial support from elsewhere.

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