BY FRANKIY KAPIN
THE Firstaimangis Association (FAI) Incorporation believes it can be a major player to key development benchmarks of Papua New Guinea including economics, politics, infrastructure, health and education.
The entity concluded a successful two-day national convention on Saturday, the first for the group that originated from the Firstaimangis (FTM) social club of Passam National High School in the years 1978 to 2004.
Since the FTM reunion of 2016 and eventual formalities of endorsing the FTM to becoming FAI as a corporate entity and the staging of its first convention in Lae over the weekend, the association believes it can contribute immensely to the development of PNG given its wide and vast knowledge capacity.
FAI President Silas Kaule speaking at the end of the first convention and confirming the 2019 second convention to be held in Port Moresby in 2019 said, currently and unofficially, FAI has in access of over a thousand members, while the current active members are 300.
Mr Kaule, a lawyer and consultant said the FAI comprises of members of various disciplines and profession since coming out of Passam in the period of 1978-2004 when the FTM group ceased due to a stance taken by the school.
“The main idea behind the get together is to see how we can contribute to the nation as a whole apart from our own surroundings,’’ he said.
“We have lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects, and members of varied backgrounds representing different professions. For example 25 of the organization’s current membership are lawyers.”
Mr Kaule said moving the associations forward is based on a number of objectives of the association including economics, social, politics and others that contribute to the growth of the nation.
“With the man power we have we believe we can make a big impact not only in the communities but towards nation building as well,” he said.
He said this is just the start and the organisation hopes in the coming years to build from what it has started and move onto greater heights.
Originally at Passam National High, the FTM was dominated by boys who came from the Morobe province.
Eventually and throughout the FTM lifespan, the membership spread out to include other provinces and nationally inclusive.
Current active membership is dominated by Lae and Port Moresby but the FAI is in the current phase of registering all its members countrywide.
The second FAI convention will be held in Port Moresby in 2019 as passed in the first convention in Lae.