By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
Two young cadet pilots from Morobe’s Kabwum district have been supported to undergo cadet training in New Zealand.
The Kabwum District Authority has put forward a total of K100,000 as initial payments for the two former cadets.
Kabwum MP, Bob Dadae, is pushing for the district to produce local pilots, as the district’s air transport service is the only link to the outside world.
The two young gentlemen signed an agreement today with Morobe’s Kabwum district authority to undergo pilot cadet training in New Zealand.
Dadae presented K50,0000 each to go towards initial costs covered in the first year of their studies.
“It’s quite an expensive exercise but we want to tell the nation that Kabwum can produce pilots too, it is also to encourage other students from Kabwum to pursue the same goals,” Dadae said.
It comes following the district’s plans to boost its air transport services, being one of only two reliable channels of transport in the district.
Kabwum is a district located in the north-coastal part of Morobe province, and people travel to the city via small planes, or on boats.
Transporting goods to the markets in town has always been a challenge for most of the local people, as road links continue to remain scarce.
Kabwum is also planning to improve its air transport services next year with the purchase of an aircraft that will help the people transport their goods.
Morobe’s Kabwum district is one of the many districts within the province, which rely on air transport as a channel to the city, and the district aims to develop its human resources to solve this challenge.