By Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou wants development partners to extend and maintain the Sepik Highway from Wewak to Lumi.
Governor Wouwou says roadworks must not stop in Maprik, but continue to connect both East and West.
He says the road will serve nearly half a million people in both East and West Sepik.
Speaking in Port Moresby, West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou expressed his concerns of the stretch of the Sepik Highway proposed by the O’Neill-Abel Government.
“Please do not exclude my people from the province, we have contributed imminently to the economic boost of this country, particularly in the East Sepik Provincial Government. ”
The Sepik Highway will begin in Wewak and stretch inland connecting the East and West Sepik. About 5 Districts in Central Sepik will benefit from the road connection.
But Governor Wouwou wants clarification from donor partners and the Government.
“If the Australian cannot be able to consider the Sepik Highway, then I’m asking why they are not going to fund the whole entire road? If they’re gonna do that, then please, let us know so that we can be able to look for other fundings outside from the AusAID and they can be able to fund the road and the people of my province of West Sepik can have a good road”
The Australian Government has funded K20million for this road under its Transport Sector Support Program.
The Sepik Highway is one of the priority areas of the current Government regime to connect missing links, while the production of cocoa and vanilla farming is expected to reach new heights, once this national highway is completed.