PAPUA NEW GUINEA’S WABAG TO GET NEW ROADS

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA’S WABAG TO GET NEW ROADS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 9) - Member of Parliament for Wabag, Papua New Guinea, and Inter-Government Relations Minister Samuel Abal has allocated PGK1.1 million [US$392,816] to his electorate for new roads and maintenance of existing ones.

[PIR editor’s note: Wabag is a mountainous district in the Papua New Guinea province of Enga. According to the Papua New Guinea Tourism Authority, Tribal fighting is still common in Enga, a rugged mountainous province that has little development apart from coffee and the huge Porgera Mine in the west]

The funds were funded under the district roads improvement program (DRIP).

About 70 new roads and existing ones will get major facelift from the funds.

Portions of the money came from National Government under DRIP while the rest came from Mr. Abal’s discretionary funds.

Last week, he paid more than PGK255,000 [US$91,061] to the villagers in Sakarip, Nandi, Kiwi and Teremanda.

Abal told the people at Sakarip that road network was very important because it would help make their life easier.

He said he was pleased to deliver some vital services, particularly the roads connection from the main highway to the villages since he was re-elected in 2004.

He said with good road network villagers are in the better position to sell their garden produce like coffee, vegetables, fruits and other cash crops in Wabag.

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