By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Morobe Governor, Ginson Saonu, has announced plans to mobilise land to allow for the development of a second provincial city at Nadzab.
He made this known when presenting the province’s development plan to National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, this week.
The development of Nadzab has been identified as a key priority with the province looking to prepare for an influx of traffic due to several major projects.
Morobe Governor, Ginson Saonu, this week presented a list of proposed development plans to the National Planning Minister, Richard Maru.
Much of these centred on the development of Nazdab and the greater Markham plains.
According to Governor Saonu, the provincial administration is now working on a land mobilisation plan to protect landowners from illegal land grabbing.
Governor Saonu says the proposed development of a second city at Nazdab is to complement its stance on “No Fly-In-Fly-Out” for the upcoming Wafi-Golpu mining development in the province.
This is to ensure that the province receives maximum economic benefits.
In receiving the development plans from Governor Saonu, Richard Maru said the move to develop Nadazab as the second city in Morobe Province was timely, especially at a time when the province was on the verge of realising major economic projects, including the Wafi-Golpu project.
Minister Maru has also reaffirmed the National Government’s wishes to develop Nadzab, with the Minister also announcing that there is already interest from donor partners to see Nadzab developed into an economic and tourism hub.