Over 20 thousand people from the ATS settlement outside of Port Moresby will benefit from a new market.
This facility will provide a conducive place to sell their produce after years of marketing in the open.
It was opened by Moresby Northeast MP Labie Amaiu and witnessed by invited guests.
The contingent was welcomed by traditional dancers from various provinces around Papua New Guinea leading them to the stage.
The market opening was massive which attracted over 100 people to witness the occasion.
Officiating at the ceremony were Moresby North east MP Labie Amaiu, Office of Rural Development Deputy Secretary Ivah Kila, Contractor Mone Youths Limited Joe Kougeng, PNGDF Air Transport Wing Commanding Officer Colonel John Matagarakikai and invited guests.
It is an initiative from the member’s office funded under the District’s Support and Improvement Project funds.
The market was built at a cost of K500 thousand by contractor Mone Youths Limited.
ATS Sauga Community Leaders Walter Z-Giza and Sergeant Luke Hopi on behalf of the community thanked Mr Amaiu for responding to their needs by building this facility.
It is situated next to the PNGDF Air Transport Wing Barracks, a government institution established in 1994.
Commanding Officer Colonel John Matagarakikai advised vendors to take ownership of the market and look after it.
In addition, Mr Amaiu donated a vehicle plus K50 000 in cash to ATS Piggery Association and another K20, 000 to Musa Sauga Women’s Group as part of the community empowerment.
With the presence of PNG DF and Police personnels, the event ended peacefully.