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Morobe’s Nawaeb District: infrastructure for self reliance

A landlocked rural district in Morobe Province is slowly being developed, to allow basic services to reach the people.

Road infrastructure in the Nawaeb district are being improved over the last four years, at a cost of K15 million.

The funding came directly from the National Government.

A bridge is going was opened on Wednesday at Kasing in the Nawaeb district.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, attended on behalf of the Prime Minister, he was the keynote speaker.

Like the rest of the country, Morobe is going through some trying times and services are slowly reaching the people.

Naru, says it’s about empowering people. Neknasi Coffee corporative is from this part of Morobe, while they were mentioned in the Governor’s speech, the group has said they intend to stay well away from politics.

Not all districts in Papua New Guinea receive the same support. Nawaeb district has been fortunate, local Member of Parliament, Gisuwat Siniwin- a People’s National Congress party member, has had direct national government funding for 18 roads and infrastructure.

But, Nawaeb still has a long way to go, the people still need proper drinking water, electricity and constant road maintenance.

If a diversified economy is built, moving away from relying on the non-sustainable extractive industry, there would be more foreign currency in the central bank.

The rural people in parts of Papua New Guinea, like Nawaeb, renowned for its coffee and vegetables, have land to engage in agricultural small to medium enterprises- a sector that had been neglected over the years by previous governments.

Steps are being taken now to build the supporting infrastructure, but the progress is slow.

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