by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
Northern Governor Gary Juffa said K20 million still remains outstanding for his province. Governor Juffa said three submissions for impact projects were not approved in the PIP budget.
The impact projects include the Gona-Kikiri Road, education and the reconstruction of the assembly house, which was burned to the ground seven years ago. Governor Juffa was hopeful that his province will get a good slice of the budget allocation for impact projects, some of which have not been completed for seven years or so.
Last year, Northern Province did not receive any funds for three submissions for its Public Investment Program, or PIP Budget.
He says K20 million still remains outstanding for his province. Today, Governor Juffa said it was the same story as last year’s budget.
Despite the province not yet to receiving funds, infrastructure is slowly but surely taking place in a province devastated by the effects of Cyclone Guba seven years ago. Four of the affected bridges have been maintained at the cost of K400 million, with contributions from the PNG and Australia governments.
The bridges will be launched this week. They include Girua Bridge, Kumusi Bridge, and Eroro and Double Cross Bridge. Invited guests for the launching ceremony include Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ms Deborah Stokes.
On the recent power struggle in the province, the court has ordered that the current Governor remain and carry out his duties, while other parties have been restrained from interfering until the full hearing on the 3rd of December.