The Christmas lights at Jack Pidik Park
The Christmas lights at Jack Pidik Park. Source: www.panoramio.com

My post title “Where Do the Children Play?” is a question that we must all be asking the government and relevant authorities today after the Supreme Court awarded Jack Pidik Park to the TST Group of Companies.

Jack Pidik and another recreational zone, Unagi Oval, has been the subject of a long court battle between the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and corporations looking to turn the land into commercial zones. However, the Supreme Court’s decision gives a bleak outlook on things.

The current government has no power to do much because the courts have already made a decision and from the way things are going, Unagi could also be lost to corporations.

According to the Pacific Business Review, Jack Pidik Park will be transformed into a mega mall like Vision City; another piece of land whose title is questionable.

Governor Parkop is doing all he can do to prevent recreational lands being rezoned and bought off by large corporations. However, it is a mammoth task and he cannot do it alone.

The good citizens of the country, elites and students need to become proactive and voice our concerns regarding the rezoning and selling of state owned land.

At the current trend, Port Moresby could be owned by corporations, in a few years, whose only interest is profit.

This will mean no more Christmas lights, markets, parades, afternoon soccer games, touch rugby, driving lessons and other activities that we have taken for granted. In fact, we will be forced to pay to these lands which were once used for free.

SO WHERE DO OUR CHILDREN PLAY NOW THAT ALL THE RECREATIONAL LAND IS BEING BOUGHT OFF?

PS: “Where do the children play?” is the title of British folk singer Yusef Islam’s song. He would be known to many of you as Cat Stevens.

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