By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Over 2 million kina worth of grant contracts were signed yesterday by four recipients of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects under Japan’s Official Development Assistance Program in PNG. The funding assistance will see the construction of a much-needed bridge, classrooms and 6 re-conditioned ambulances.
Two schools, located in Enga Province, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, will soon receive new classrooms. This has been made possible through the signing of four Grant Assistance aid contracts, valued at over two million kina – from the people of Japan.
Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Satoshi Nakajima, said the Government of Japan is also pleased to support various basic infrastructure projects with the construction of Topak Bridge in Wapenamanda District which will benefit twenty thousand people. Wapenamanda MP, Rimbink Pato, made mention that this is a critical area and his people are truly grateful.
Also in Enga Province, six ambulances will be distributed to six health centres across the province.
The four recipients thanked the Japanese Government for this timely assistance.
As of February 2019, the total number of grassroots projects that have been implemented in PNG has reached 299, with the total amount of grants provided, worth over K50 million.