by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The national government is pushing to link PNG through the networking of roads.
National Planning Minister Charles Abel says the highway is an asset to the country. He says K150 million has been allocated in the 2015 national budget to cater for that.
Minister Abel said the handing down of the 2015 record budget will see K2.2 billion allocated to roads and bridges. The minister says key roads marked as missing links have been targeted with outlets to the southern part of the country.
“The government is funding section by section of the Highlands Highway to get it completed once and for all,” he said.
Minister Abel said the outlet of the Highland region is from Semrimbi to Kikori in Gulf. Meanwhile, work has progressed in Enga to Mt Hagen, with funding from Go PNG, Tax Credit Scheme and the Asian Development Bank.
Other roads include the Komo Trans Highway and Mul-Baiyer to Madang.
Minister Abel made these comments after travelling from Enga to Western Highlands through Jiwaka, Simbu, Eastern Highlands and Morobe.
The trip was to see current progress of road works and where work should be prioritised.