PNG GOVERNORS CALL FOR REPAIRS TO MADANG HIGHWAY

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By Peter Korugl

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 5) - The fast deteriorating Madang-Morobe Highway has become the focus of the Momase Governors Council Conference in Madang that ended last Friday.

The conference resolved that the highway had deteriorated to a point where it was no longer safe for commuters and that urgent repairs must be undertaken by the National Government.

Morobe Governor Luther Wenge informed the Momase governors that the highway was an essential link for the people of the Momase and Highlands regions, who conduct business activities in Morobe and Madang.

"The road is in a bad state and requires urgent attention from the Government," Mr. Wenge said, when he presented his government’s submission.

He said the highway was the lifeline of Ramu Sugar Limited, InterOil, Kumukare Mining, Papindo Trading, RD Tuna, Jant Timber, hotels, construction companies and other businesses in the two provinces as well as institutions like universities, colleges, Government agencies and other organizations.

"The Morobe-Madang Highway is the lifeline to countless socio-economic activities and many developments in this region," Wenge said.

The council resolved that the National Government conduct a feasibility study and determine the full cost of rehabilitation and resealing of the highway and secure the funds.

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