Rural areas will get special attention in the next four years on rehabilitation on deteriorating roads and other infrastructures.
The planning Minister, Charles Abel, said rural areas contribute a significant amount of revenue into the country’s economy, but are largely ignored.
The government meanwhile is also looking at establishing district works system so that each district can fix its own roads.
Deteriorating roads has been a major problem over the years for the rural communities all over the country.
A significant portion of the country’s population continues to live in rural areas and continue to live a subsistence lifestyle.
In recent years, the government had realized the level of contribution made by the rural areas into the economy.
Driven by cash crops and other commodities
But to contribute meaningfully to the country’s growing economy, there has to be proper road networks.
At the launching of the Pilot road project along the Situm-Bukawa road in Lae on Thursday, the Planning Minister reaffirms the National government stand on rural road infrastructure maintainace.
The Situm-Bukawa road project is the initial start to reviving the works department, after it went into a defunct state over the past 20 years.
The road will connect the rural interior of Nawe District with Lae City.
Most importantly, the district is one of Morobe’s largest coffee producers.
Good roads would mean adequate service delivery and enabling active participants in the country’s growing economy.