The people of Edwarki Station in remote Telefomin District of West Sepik Province will soon access mobile communication network.
Under the leadership of local MP, Solan Mirisim, the District has invested K1.5 million to develop and enhance communication systems in the area.
Mr Mirisim and his officers were at Edwarki Station last week to present the Administration’s counterpart funding of K500, 000 to Digicel PNG for works to begin.
Edwarki Station of Namea LLG of Telefomin District is only accessible by air, and the single engine aircraft only flies in when it is chartered, and sometimes it never arrives at all.
Last week Friday, the people were able to see the aircraft again after a long time, this time bringing with it, their local MP and representatives from Digicel PNG.
The occasion marked the presentation of K500, 000 to Digicel PNG to construct a Communication Tower that will for the first time, connect remote Edwarki to the rest of PNG and the outside world.
When the communication tower is launched in November, it will greatly help the local people and especially teachers and health workers in terms of doing banking online, and other tasks using internet access.
It is part of the traditional welcome ceremony here at Edwarki to be painted with mud. One of the biggest problems faced by the people is transportation, there’s no road network here to link the people to the provincial capital of Vanimo.
Currently, they are forced to pay K100 one way boat ride from Yellow River to the Sepik River where they spend three nights on the Sepik River before they reach the provincial capital of Vanimo. But there is good news for the people. A study on the proposed 78 km road link from Lumi to Edwarki by Consultant, Allan Bong was presented to Member Mirisim and construction is expected to take place in 2015.