The Kandep district is located inthe Enga province. It lies about an hour’s drive fromthe provincial station of Wabag.
With a population of up to 60,000 it’s home to popular political figure and Treasurer Don Pomb Polye.
Last Friday was his first time to return to his electorate after he reclaimed his seat inthe 2012 National Elections.
The Treasurer was received with a huge welcome back home when he arrived. The occasion also saw three impact projects launched including a district administration building, hospital and a bridge.
Minister Polye’sees his electorate as a strategic point to allthe Highlands provinces.
Despite his absence and ongoing ethnic political tension inthe province, his electorate has flourished.
A number of impact projects have taken fruition. A quarter ofthe government’s cabinet ministers were also present to part take inthe launching ceremonies.
The first involvedthe opening ofthe district administration building. Valued at 2million, it was funded throughthe district services improverment fund, with counter funding fromthe government.
Planning Minister, Charles Abel, was on hand to openthe Nenk Pasul building.
The second project launching, wasthe Kandep district hospital. Valued at 6 million kina, it was built by a local construction firm Neno construction.
The third and final project to be launched was a 320 kilometre bridge. Upon completion, it will becomPNG’s longest bridge, with a similar design to Australia’s Sydney harbour bridge. It is being constructed by Clean Green Energy at a cost of 35 million.
Thousands packedthe main oval to listen totheir leader’s address. The Ministersaid Kandep sits in a strategic location and is adamant to make it a fully functional district that will also service ther parts ofthe highlands.
Planning Minister, Charles Abel, presented a cheque of K1 million for education and health purposes.
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