IT was sad to learn the passing of Ifiso Segeyaro.
I would like to convey my condolences to the family and pay tribute to a courageous and a great former PNG Kumul five- eighth who stood tall in his days as a player.
Although his business the Negiso Distributor’s did not flourish, the late Segeyaro showed his love, care and enthusiasm by embarking into junior rugby league development earnestly and diligently doing all strenuously to bring the game in to the next level.
Whilst undertaking the formidable task of developing the junior rugby league, he sent his son to school and play junior rugby league and with no doubt that his son will eventually live a legacy he had dreamt of.
The name Segeyaro now enthrals the nation of PNG with pride and left every household on their toes every time James Segeyaro scores a try with the Penrith Panthers.
The ongoing success of the PNGNRL in some of our young stars is attributed to the work of the late Segeyaro.
I SINCERELY thank the Australian government for funding the League Bilong Laif programme currently implemented in schools in four provinces.
It is a major boost not only to the rugby league code, our national sport, but also promotes quality educational outcomes and health benefits.
Having witnessed a session in one of our NCD schools, I was amazed to see girls and boys actively involving themselves on and off the field.
I admire the programme’s inclusivity of gender and disability, and how it is tailored to suit our education curriculum.
I am sure the benefits will be reaped in 10 to 15 years’ time.
It would also be useful for our education department to encourage this programme by replicating it in other provinces.
The National Rugby League, who are experts in the programme, will provide advice on how best we can roll it out.
I am sure if our government is willing to replicate the programme, the Australian government will continue to fund it; this time bigger and better as it is a practical conduit in which development agendas can be driven.
I salute Mark Mom and team for getting the value out of the Australian taxpayers’ money and for an incredibly good job done in implementing this grand programme.
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