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March 7, 2021
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Oil Search Helps Build Education Infrastructure for Schools in Simbu

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By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Students of Bimai High School in the Sinesine Yongomugl District of Simbu province, now has two new dormitories plus teachers houses and classrooms. The buildings were opened by Oil Search General Manager External Affairs, Gerea Aopi, and witnessed by Sinesine Yongomugl MP, Kerenga Kua and other stakeholders.

With Sinasina Yongomugl heavily investing in the education sector, the local MP says only education will be influential in the district’s development ambitions. The infrastructure is funded under the Oil Search Tax Credit program.

Head of External Affairs, Gerea Aopi, says the Oil Giant is committed to helping the Government improve and support the education sector.

“A key focus for Oil Search, as a company operating in a developing economy, is it improves the lives of people in PNG. We recognise the importance of strong, mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships and the role they play in our business success. In addition, we have a long-standing commitment to operating responsibly and doing what we can to make a tangible difference in our communities. This is achieved through a number of areas, including infrastructure delivery,” said Mr Aopi.

The dormitories will cater for fewer than 100 students while the teacher’s houses and double classrooms are ready for use; overall they cost K3.9 million. Other schools which have also received infrastructure support, include Muaina Secondary, and Ku Day High School. So far Sinesine Yongomugl District has invested K21million in the education sector.

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