Australian Beidge Construction Company, Canstructowill rebuildthe four bridges destroyed in 2007 by Cyclone Guba in Nothern Province tothe project value of K130 million.
Nothern Province Governor Gary Juffa commendedthe contract signed yesterday, which will see construction ofthe province’s four main bridges.
Mr. Juffa saidthe absence of bridges had cost lives and misery for the people of Nothern Province, because ofthe lack of access to vital Government’services and business houses.
Governor Juffa saidthe lack of bridges had resulted in substantial costs tothe province.
He saidthe signing was a relief for himself andthe people.
“We have finally brought this matter to close…that isthe signing ofthe agreement betweenthe Australian anPNG Government andthe contractor for the building of four ofthe main bridges that were washed away by Cyclone Guba in 2007,” said Juffa.
He thankedthe people of Nothern Province for their patience, and saidthe delay was due to negligence of past lLeaders
He said that upon taking office, he was determined to achieve a number of objectives within a year and he was glad to see that one ofthese had finally been reached.
“Past lLeadersip did not bther to follow do follow up. Nobody followed through,the administration did not enquire…and that wasthe primary reasonthese bridges were never built,” Juffa said.
The contractors are expected to be inthe Province in two weeks’ time to begin scoping work.
Mr. Juffa has advisedthem to recruit expertise andthey have agreed.
Work onthe Kumusi, Girua, Embogo and Eroro bridges is due to commence early next year.
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