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Koroba – Kopiago Road Project Launched

The project is funded by both the National Government, under the Public Investment Program and the local member, Philip Undialu. The road project was launched at Kelabo village in Koroba last Friday. Road works will include the upgrading of a 140-kilometres long road in some of the most remote parts of this electorate. The launching of the project bought much joy to the people of Koroba – Lake Kopiago who will have access to a better road network then what they have had to endure all these years. The event brought people from far and wide in the electorate to celebrate and witness the ground breaking ceremony at Kelabo Village. The project monies will be disbursed as such – K5 million will be used for the first 70 kilometres from Maria to Pori and onto Lake Kopiago; the remaining 5 million kina for the next 70 kilometres from Kelabo to Arau and further onto Lake Kopiago station. Construction work on this road has been awarded to local construction company, Koroba Kopiago Holdings Limited with the Department of Works to provide supervision to the project. Mr Undialu called on his people not to issue threats and demands for compensation but allow work to proceed. He took this time to thank various stakeholders in this project such as the O’Neill – Dion government for the 10 million kina funding, Hela Provincial Government, for committing funds in the 2015 budget to counter fund this project, and former member for Koroba Lake Kopiago, John Kekeno. The former member was instrumental in the upgrading of the road link from Kelabo to Koroba Station at a length of 30 kilometres. Hela Governor, Anderson Agiru was also there to witness this event. The road network will benefit 19 council wards in the electorate. Mr Undialu stated that his administration had embarked on capacity building in the last two years and now has K17 million kina worth of Heavy Equipment, machinery and trucks with qualified workmen to simultaneously implement eight major road projects in the district.

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