Following the ground-breaking ceremony for the sewerage upgrade for Port Moresby city residents in January, a contract signing ceremony was held today.
The signing was between Japanese water and sewerage engineering company, NJS Consultants, and the government of Papua New Guinea. The contract is worth over K20 million, and is expected to benefit over 67, 000 city residents.
In the presence of the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, Government House was filled with all stakeholders involved in the multi-million kina water and sewerage project. They included the Managing Director of IPBC, Wasantha Kumarasiri, as the implementing agency.
Others included Department of Finance Acting Secretary, Dr Ken Ngangan, Eda Ranu CEO, Henry Mokono, and Board Chairlady, Mary Karo, along with representatives from Japanese engineering company NJS Consultants.
It was a milestone achievement, given the fact that a contractor now has a mammoth task ahead, prior to major events such as the anticipated 2015 Pacific Games, and 2018 APEC Summit that will be hosted in the nation’s capital.
The instruments signed between all stakeholders will kick–start the construction of the state of the art sewage plant to be built at Kilakila, a Motu- Koitabu village located in the Moresby South Electorate.
In January this year, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill was given the honours to perform the ground breaking ceremony. He said such major infrastructure developments were important for upcoming major international events.
Under the project, a sewer facility will be constructed to control the outflow of the untreated sewer water into the ocean; this will improve the level of sanitation and preserve the ocean environment.
Currently, there is no sewerage treatment plant in the coastal area, and as a result, sewer water is released into the ocean untreated. The project will benefit over 67, 000 residents of Port Moresby. Construction work is expected to start soon.
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