The Department of Works and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force today renewed an existing agreement for road works in the country.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Works Minister Francis Awesa and Defence Minister Dr. Fabian Pok.
PNGDF Engineering Battalion troops will be engaged in the construction of a road from Madang to Baiyer, along with other identified missing links in the country.
Apart from the two ministers, also present today were Works Secretary, David Wereh, and PNGDF Commander Brigadier General, Gilbert Toropo, and the Commanding Officer of PNGDF’s Engineering Battalion.
Minister Awesa in his opening remarks, clarified that the agreement is an existing one, dating some years back.
Awesa said K10 million has been made available for this year under the arrangement.
Defence Minister Dr. Fabian Pok is happy with this partnership and hopes this agreement will open the missing links through the work of PNGDF engineers.
The man in charge of this project said more funding will be needed as the project progresses and with the re-enlistment of retrenched engineers, work is expected to be completed sooner.
Both Awesa and Pok agreed that road works will extend to other areas in the country such as Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga and Madang.
Minister Awesa assured the PNGDF minister that funding for these works will continue rolling throughout the area.
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