Locals: Better Roads Will Enable Surrendering of Marijuana and Homebrew

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People of Tolu, Bints and Kamal in the North Waghi District of Jiwaka province are requesting for a better road before surrendering Marijuana and Homebrew equipment.

Whilst responding to Jiwaka Province Acting Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Horim Piamia’s call to surrender marijuana and homebrew equipment in Jiwaka Province, this unusual request was made to the Local MPs Dr Fabian Pok and Governor Dr William Tongamp.

“The only road that serves the Tolu, Bints and Kamal people is no longer accessible and successive governments have failed to fix it” spokesman Bosuai Giwi told EMTV Online. Mr Giwi said, when the call came from Acting PPC Piamia, the drug addicts and growers from Bints-Kamal village responded.

“But due to the deteriorating road condition we couldn’t hand them to the State…the situation has not improved.”

Locals claim the Tolu -Bints- Kamal road is impassable by cars affecting the livelihoods of more than four thousand people.They said, government services have not reached the people due to this road condition.

According to Mr. Giwi, the only primary school (Kamal Primary School) in the area is affected, and also people cross the Waghi river on tyre tubes to go to Kudjip hospital during health emergencies.

“It is up to Governor Tongamp and Pok to hear our pleas and give us the government service as they collect highest votes in Tolu One Ward to win this election and the previous term.”  Mr. Giwi said. “We have lived in isolation for the last twenty years and don’t want to continue this way as government as given enough DSIP n PSIP money for such services to be delivered.”

Giwi calls on the political leaders to rescue the people from what he said the nightmare once and for all and not turn a blind eye on the people, letting them to suffer in silence.

The locals pledged their support to PPC  Horim for a better community. They said he is doing a marvelous job and should be given the PPC position because he knows the law  and order issues affecting them.

Meanwhile, negotiations are still pending for a better road to enable the surrender to take place.

Joanita Nonwo

is a contributor with EMTV Online, specialising in international stories relating to development, environment and gender equality, all within a Papua New Guinean context.

Joanita Nonwo

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