by Quinton Alomp – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A district baseline survey data shows that many ward areas in Nuku district, West Sepik province, have no access to proper road network.
The report carried out in October, 2012, shows that over 70 per cent of Wards in the district have no road access.
The report shows that of the 26 Ward areas in Yankok Local Level Government (LLG) only nine have good road conditions while 17 have no access.
In Palai LLG only seven of the eleven Wards have road access, Nuku Central LLG only four of the 21 Wards have road.
The report shows that no roads were built to connect the Maimai-Wanwan LLG.
Lack of transport infrastructure in the district has impacted other sectors particularly health and education.
The Education service report outlined in the district’s development program booklet (2014-2018) shows that 85 per cent of grade eight students scored below 50 per cent of the national examination pass mark.
The Health report shows that in 2012, over 400 new born babies died at birth and over 700 mothers gave birth in the village because of no road access to a nearby health facility.
Local MP, Joseph Sungi, said the District Development Authority (DDA) has prioritised road projects in the district.
He said the people have been suffering enough and the survey data released from the district reflects what other 89 districts in the country are also facing.
Mr Sungi made this comments when launching the Nuku district’s official web site yesterday.
The website can be accessed using the address www.nukudistrict.gov.pg and is open to students, researchers, academics and tourists who want to research about the district.