People in a remote village in the Kabwum district have called for a road to be built to ease transportation difficulties.
Yalumet, in the Deyamos LLG, remains landlocked while people continue to struggle for basic Health and Education services. The areas where coffee is potential is also affected.
The only way to get to Yalumet without walking is by plane. It is remote and isolated, one of many villages in the Kabwum district.
Though they celebrated independence on the 16th, Development has not run parallel to the forty-one years since 1975.
Mothers still need a road to take them to better hospitals to deliver their babies.
Yalumet has a high rate of infant maternal mortality.
“We have lived with it in past till now, some women have died,” says Mamos Saki.
It’s also a call that stems from opportunities in coffee development that cannot be ignored by any government, at all levels.
At present there are 400 coffee bags waiting to be flown to Lae. It is difficult for Farmers.
“Our coffee will be exported to Korea, we hope the government will help us,” says Gawong Gandi.
Politics aside, the people are now calling on the government to directly intervene and complete a road that’s being built at Bit, an area near Wasu, which will give the mountain people access to ships travelling directly to Lae.
“In 2013 and 2014 we used K1 million from the Local Level government to buy machinery and then we ran out of funding,” says Longa Barry Woks.