National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop wants to see settlements inthe city turned into surburbs inthe future.
The governor made this call to his open members, duringthe launch ofthe Moresby South Electorate five year development plans yesterday.
He says, future development plans must cater for this in order to adequately provide for all city residents.
Squatter settlements are growing rapidly in major towns and cities, and Port Moresby is no exception.
Its growth has been directly linked tothe demand by many families, for affordable housing. It caters for halfthe urban population in towns and cities.
Bet it has become problematic for many governments at subnational levels to adequately provide all basic services like water and power.
For far too long settlements have been a neglected part ofthe government’s priority, as a result many of its infrastructure are in appalling conditions.
Education standards have also dropped in schools inthe settlements.In Moresby’south, 60 percent of Grade eight students’do not go on to secondary school.
The governor says this can be improverd, if development plans include social development.
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