By Meleasie Goviro – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The upgrading and sealing of the Iarowari to Sirinumu Road along the Sogeri Highway, is making very minimal progress.
President of the Koari LLG, Ogi David, said what was supposed to take only two years to complete may take an additional two years, at the current pace.
The first 5km stretch of road runs from the Iarowari High school to Boda Village.
According to David K30 million has been allocated by the government to upgrade and seal this portion, and the contract awarded to Civil Works.
David said the roadwork was still in its primary stages and was taking too long to complete.
He said they had wasted good time in the dry season and was concerned the rainy season would further delay their work.
The next 5km from Boda village to Sirinumu is badly deteriorated.
The recent downpour has done it no favours either, creating ditches in the roads and muddy pools that make it difficult for vehicles to travel to and fro.
David said for this stretch of road no company has been awarded a contract, or funded for that matter.
He however spoke for all the landowners their saying they wanted a better job done on this road.
“We want a company with reputation; technically and financially stable; with no problems with machinery and engineers,” he said.
The Sogeri people can only wait patiently for an improvement in the progressive work on the road as it as it is causing them a great deal of inconvenience in transportation.