The people of Telefomin will soon have a new road project that will link Telefomin, Oksapmin and Tabubil.
It was also revealed duringthe launch ofthe Five Year District Development Plan, thatthe road design was in place for the last 30 years but lackedthe political will.
The 70 kilometer road project will be funded and constructed underthe Ok Tedi Mining Limited Tax Credit Scheme, a submission that will be put through parliament by National Planning Minister Charles Abel.
After 30 years sincethe last government aircraft landed at Telefomin Airstrip;the Kumul touched down, bringing Waigani closer tothe remote District.
Government Ministersonboard included Works MinistersFrancis Awesa, Fisheries Mao Zeming, Finance Minister James Marape and National Planning Charles Abel.
The people welcomedthe visitors with traditional performances.
The occasion markedthe launch of Telefomin District Five Year Development Plan, andthe Tabubil – Telefomin Road Project is top ofthe development list.
Member for Telefomin Solan Mirisim toldthe delegates thatthe people wantedthe road project asthey were determined to developtheir District.
“No accessibility has handicappedthem to mover forward, but if you (government) givethemthe road, Telefomin will definitely mover forward,” said MIrisim.
Development Partner, Ok Tedi Mining Limited Managing Director Nigel Parker saidthe road project is not a new one, but one that already had a design in place for over 30 years but lacked political will.
Withthe Tax Credit Schemencreased bythe government in June this year,the road project will be fixed underthe TCS Program once government approverthe submission to do just that.
National Planning Minister Charles saidthe K5 million allocated for the Telefomin – Tabubil road, must not be used to do anther design but rtherthe actual construction.
Minister Abel said he will put forwardthe cabinet submission to parliament to approverthe Road Project.
Finance Minister James Marape also reiterated similar sentiments, saying actual work must progress and something must be done withinthe given time-frame of three years.
Caption: Member for Telefomin Solan Mirisim told delegates thatthe people wantedthe road project asthey were determined to developtheir District.
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