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MV Abau 2 for Abau District

The boat is slated to provide logistics and support for the Abau District Development Authority officials and also serve people living along the coast of Abau District in Central Province.

With half of the district being maritime, it will be useful to implement government services in health, education, emergency and for election purposes.

The boat was purchased from Philippines at a cost of K1.2 million and brought into the country last week.

Abau District is one of the remote districts in Central Province. Travelling by road takes hours for people to reach the district headquarters. They have used water as the main mode of transport to access government services in Kupiano station.

People travel from as far as Cloudy and Amazon Bay, Waningela, Gabone, Kelerakua and Aroma villages using banana boats and outrigger canoes.

The MV Abau 2 will replace MV Abau 1 which was capsized last year.

Sitting MP and Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu urged crews to take ownership of the boat.

The boat will carry a capacity of more than 20 passengers with cargo.

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