By Mickey Kavera
The people of Gulf Province know too well the dangers of traversing the open waters of the Gulf of Papua.
In the last five years a thousand lives have been lost at sea. The sea Infact has been referred to by the people of Gulf Province as the grave due to the number of lives it has claimed.
That reality has haunted the people of Gulf Province for far too long but it is slowly changing with the construction and rehabilitation of new roads.
The Ihu-Petoi road is one of the missing links in the Gulf Province that is finally receiving the attention it deserve after years of neglect by successive governments.
On the eve of Christmas, Gulf Governor, Havilla Kavo officially did the ground breaking for the road project to begin.
The 24km road network will connect the inland areas of the Gulf Province to the capital Kerema Town.
It will be constructed by Kana Construction Limited at a cost of K4.9m.
“Road is an important infrastructure project for my government and we will make it a priority in the coming years to rehabilitate all roads in the province.”
“With the road, accessibility to the markets will be made easier so that you can participate in economic activities to improve your lifestyle.”
Kavo said, Gulf Province will be the centre of economic activities with the onset of the 2nd LNG Project and that all infrastructures must be put in place before the project can go ahead.