The National Government has allocated K10 million to Maprik District to build the district’s first airport.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who announced the K10 million project last week in Yangoru said East Sepik is a growing economy and the Government is committed to deliver its services to the people of East Sepik.
The airport project when complete will cater for both the East and West Sepik.
With 90% of the district already accessible by roads, the airport project will cater for the increasing population.
“The Central Sepik area is huge; we have two districts in West Sepik that comes to Maprik to access services. Maprik is the service centre of Central Sepik and instead of going to Wewak, our people can catch a plane to other parts of the country right here in front their doorsteps,” said local MP, John Simon.
The airport project is into its leveling and filling phase, with proper runway works and fencing to commence in two weeks’ time.
“We will commence work now and we want to see the 1st airplane to land in Maprik by December. It will be our own Christmas present,” said MP Simon.