Residents of Kundiawa town and those residing in surrounding villages gathered at the Dickson Oval to celebrate the country’s 41st Independence.
The celebration also allowed the people of Salt Nomane, Karamui District, to show their appreciation to the Simbu Provincial Government and Administration for the newly built road, linking the remote district to Kundiawa.
The show had singsing groups from around Simbu Province and most notably, Karamui traditional acts.
The Simbu Provincial Administrator, Joe Kunda Naur, said that celebrations in Kundiawa brought the people of Karamui, who were once only reachable via plane and trecking.
“The people of Karamui would like to celebrate with the rest of Simbu, with one major impact project and that is the road connections from Karamui to Gumine to Kundiawa, because they have never had a road before.”
“That was one of the only districts in Simbu province with no roads and one of the missing links in the country,” he added.
A convoy of 10 vehicles carrying rice samples, cocoa and other agriculture products as well as snakes were brought in and given as gifts to the Simbu Provincial Government.
Simbu Governor, Noah Kool, speaking at the celebrations said there was much to celebrate for Simbu province, especially with the road, linking Karamui to the rest of the Province, as this was a service that had been long delayed until now.
Governor Kool hopes that this road connection will allow Simbu Province to be an agricultural hub.
“The people of Simbu have much to celebrate this Independence. We have come a long way, this government in the last 5 years has been able to provide so much for the people of Simbu. From developing SMEs to infrastructure development, Simbu is slowly developing,” said Kool.
Kool’s Independence message to the people of Simbu is to always have pride in the Province and to work hard at developing it.