PM Launches New Freeway

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, rebuked all negative comments about himself and his government, saying they remain focused on taking PNG to the next level, in terms of infrastructure and human resource development.

Mr. O’Neill bluntly told hundreds gathered at the ground breaking ceremony of the Hanuabada to 9 mile 4 lane highways in Port Moresby today, that too much talk and complain is no good.


Apart from the 4 lane freeway, he also announced government’s new public service housing reform in the coming weeks.


The new Baruni to Gerehu to 9 mile road is the latest major project launched in the nation’s capital, Port Moresby. The project will see over 20 kilometers of road converted into a 4 lane freeway in 18 months’.


The China Harbor Engineering Company will be working on this project at a cost of about K196 million, financed by the China Government Concessional Loan from the Exim Bank. The Prime Minister said his government is all about less talk and more action.


Mr. O’Neill told dignitaries and people gathered at Gerehu, that the country must brace for more changes. He said it is time for Papua New Guineans to benefit from their resources and such projects will benefit generations to come.


Other dignitaries were the Chinese Ambassador, Moresby North East MP, Labi Amaiu, Moresby South and Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, Moresby North West and Health Minister, Michael Malabag, Works Minister, Francis Awesa and Motu Koita Chairman, Miria Ikupu. The leaders commended the national government, saying that in order for the country to develop in all sectors, sacrifices need to be made.


Mr. O’Neill also announced that the government will be launching the country’s public service housing reform in the coming weeks. He said this will see all settlements in major towns transformed into suburbs.


He said whilst improving the infrastructures in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2018 APEC Summit in Port Moresby, the government also has plans to improve the living standards of Papua New Guineans in years to come.

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