PNG PM Marape says his government is committed to rural development

PNG Prime Minister James Marape said his government is committed to rural development across Papua New Guinea.

He said this at Ponowi Village in Ialibu, Southern Highlands on Friday, January 28, 2022, during the inauguration of Siwi Utame Agro Technical High School and Siwi Utame Loop Road.

PNG PM Marape says his government is committed to rural development

Both are projects of the Southern Highlands Provincial Government of Governor Hon. William Powi with the support of the national government.

“My government is visiting the most remote parts of Papua New Guinea,” Prime Minister Marape said before leaving by helicopter for Kapuna in Kikori in the Gulf to open a new Tier 4 hospital.

“We want to tell our rural populations that all hope is not yet lost.

“Just because there hasn’t been a lot of development in rural areas over the past 46 years doesn’t mean a bleak future for us.

“The future of this country is in our hands, especially in places like Ponowi where there is no tribal fighting.

“These places will receive more recognition from the government in terms of roads, schools and other services.”

Prime Minister Marape said government at national, provincial, district and local levels should align and deliver services to rural people.

He said a typical example was Governor Powi’s Southern Highlands Provincial Government, which was carrying out impact projects like East Pangia Road, Wiru Loop Road and other smaller road projects.

The Prime Minister congratulated Governor Powi for the establishment of the road and the school to better serve the population, and assured his government’s support for these initiatives which will serve more than 50,000 people.

“For many years before we took office in May 2019, the Southern Highlands Provincial Government (SHPG) of Waigani had little support, but this has improved and over the past two years SHPG has invested in roads, schools and other coherent rural projects. with government policies. “

“That is why I am here in Ponowi today to congratulate and support a provincial government that is working to pursue these two important projects,” Prime Minister Marape said.

He also commended the local people for allowing the use of their land for these vital services and for any land claim, proper investigation and assessment would be carried out before payments are made, as was done recently for the lands of Walume station.

The Prime Minister also assured the people that his government would continue with the projects started by the previous government if the projects were beneficial to the community and the country, such as we are supporting the University of the Western Pacific outside Ialibu Railway Station.

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