An accident that happened this morning a few kilometers from the township of the Wau Bulolo Highway, had brought to light yet again one of Morobe’s old road problems.
At least three people were killed and 69 others were severely injured in the accident.
The Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, today raised concerns on the state of the Wau Bulolo Highway, and called on the National Works Department to considerably address the state of the highway.
“The works department should come out and look at the issue of the Wau-Bulolo Highway…it seriously needs urgent attention”, Governor Naru said.
The Wau-Bulolo road is the only connection, linking the district of Wau with the provincial capital, Lae.
It was built during the early exploration of the Gold rush in the Wau Bulolo area in the early 1930’s.
A few years back, it underwent a mere rehabilitation, but much of it was left unfixed.
The road link is not only used by commuters traveling to Wau and Bulolo from Lae. It is also an important one too for the Wafi Gold Project.
“The road is nothing more than “a goat's track”…its statues is not even close to that of any national highway”, Naru said.
Over the past two years, equal blame on road accidents has been leveled against careless drivers.
While the awareness on road safety may be appealing to the people here, stories of road accidents will continue to be peppered with deaths, as roads and other infrastructures, are left to deteriorate.
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