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December 9, 2021
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Remote Tufi Province In Need Of Govt’ Services

Access to vital government services in Tufi, Northern Province, remains a daily struggle for people.

The Tufi Primary School has been closed for more than a month and the rural aid post lacks basic medical supplies.

 

Locals told EM TV that they feel the government has neglected them for a long time. 

 

Tufi is situated south-east of the provincial capital Popondetta. It has been a tourist destination for many years.

 

But its' mountainous terrain and remoteness has greatly affected service delivery.

 

The only access into the town is by sea or air. But again, the people must pay a higher transportation fare due to the increase in fuel prices.

 

Despite it being one of the most visited tourism spots in the nation, much of the locals do not directly benefit from the Dive Resort.  

 

The town lacks banking services and the only economic activity is the selling of garden food, betelnut and fish.

 

The high cost of doing business in Tufi handicaps the locals, thus making it more difficult for them to earn money. The people live a typical village lifestyle and depend entirely on their gardens to survive.    

 

Almost all buildings in Tufi are rundown, including the administration building and, up until today, the town has no proper market area.

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