A local Morobean businessman has used K300 thousand of his own money to start building a road from Bukawa to Brum near Finschafen.
The 38 km road is being built with two bulldozers, ten men and limited engineering supervision.
Sike Minziong says he simply wants to drive to his village. Initially Sike Minziong was reluctant to talk to us.
His crew had arrived just a few days ago to begin work on this 38 km road. He is negotiating a contract with the government and they have not finalized the deal but he has not waited for mobilization funds to be paid.
When asked how much he had spent, he vaguely said he spent a fair bit of about K300, 000 of his own money to start building this road.
The road follows an older track, from an incomplete road built several years ago,
The crews of 10 men come from the Brum-Kwat LLG in the Finschafen district. The road will cut through their land and eventually end up in their village.
It doesn't look like much at the moment, not like the four lane highway, but it will open up new opportunities for a fertile region of Morobe, that grow coffee.
The road starts a little over 40km from Lae city. This area is in every sense rural district with very little in terms of government services. You have to cross several big rivers before getting to Bukawa, and the women and children are the ones most affected when the rivers flood.
The road will link some of Finschafens most remote villages. Many of them will for the first time be able to sell their coffee and for the first time be able to see what a five door land cruiser looks like.
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