by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Tari
The first phase of the Komo-Bosavi road construction in Hela province has commenced.
Local leaders say this road will benefit the people of Bosavi who have been struggling to access services in Tari town.
The road project was launched yesterday by Komo Magarima MP, Francis Potape, and witnessed by the people of Bosavi and Komo.
Speaking yesterday, MP Potape said the road has been neglected by past MPs because of the small population.
However Potape said Bosavi people are part of Hela and fair treatment must be provided to all.
“They are part of us and I believe this will benefit them and change their lives,” said Potape.
Accompanying the Komo Magarima MP was Deputy Governor and Komo Local Level President, Thomas Potape.
The Komo President said Bosavi will experience change when this road is completed. He commended MP Potape for his leadership to push for the road project.
“It’s a blessing for the Bosavi people who will now easily use the road to town,” said President Potape.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, gave a sum of K5 million to start the road project.
However, MP Potape says more funds will be needed to complete and seal the road.
Locals say the road will also lead to a shorter distance to Mendi if it joins to the national highway.
Other major road projects under construction are the Komo-Akajaiba and Hulia-Benera roads.