Category Archives: Roads

Works Minister: Opening of Missing Road Links, Government’s Priority

Source: EmTV Online

Tucked under rugged ranges between Gulf and Eastern Highlands is Menyamya, one of the least developed districts in the country.

 

 

However, this under developed district is rich with fertile soil renowned for producing one of the country’s best organic coffee.

 

 

“We produce some the best organic coffee in the country, but we don’t have roads to transport them to nearest markets in Lae or Goroka,” a local said.

 

 

Like many isolated rural communities, road access remains a barrier to development and for Menyamya, it has been a barrier for their economic progress and access to basic services.

 

 

In the last 5 years the O’Neill-led Government has prioritised the opening of missing road links.

 

 

On Tuesday, Works Minister, Michael Nali, told the people of Menyamya that the Government will allocate funding from a K3 billion Asian Development Bank loan in order to open missing links in the district.

 

 

“There are many road links in the district, once we open the trans-highway between Gulf and Morobe, Menyamya will be open to the rest of the country as well,” Minister Nali said.

 

 

The K3 billion funding from ADB will be put to reconstruct the entire Highlands Highway, Nadzab to Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.

 

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Wereh: Road to be redesigned, reconstructed

 
October 20, 2017
Source: The National
 
By LUKE KAMA
 
WORKS Secretary David Wereh has clarified that the Chimbu section of the Highlands Highway, from Chuave to Munde at the border of Western Highlands, will be redesigned and reconstructed using advanced engineering technologies.
 
During a tour of the highway with Works Minister Michael Nali from Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands to Lae on Monday, Wereh highlighted that the Chimbu section was the worst part of the highway that experienced a lot of problems.
 
“This is the section that experiences a lot of problems of landslips and landslides; there are waterlogged areas that need advanced engineering designs and under the K3billion Asian Development Bank-funded project to rehabilitate the highway, we want to address these issues once and for all.
 
“Chimbu will be a separate section that will consume up to almost one third of the K3billion and we will be controlling water, far away from the roads, right up to the water sources.
 
“It will be a design and construction project to which advanced engineering technology will be applied to construct and once construction is completed, it will solve these issues of water coming onto the road and destroying the tar, creating potholes, the drainage, landslide or landslips will stop.
 
“We will do it properly and appropriately and I am appealing to the people of Chimbu to accept developments and stop unnecessary claims,” Wereh said.
 
He said Chimbu was renowned for claims and that practice must be stopped in order for change and developments to take place.
 
“I can say in the last Highlands Highway rehabilitation project, Chimbu has consumed and burned up a lot of money through claims for compensation.
 
“We need to stop that.” 
-Post-Courier-

National Road Strategy

 

October 15, 2017

08:00AM 

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY JEFFREY ELAPA

 

A long term Department of Works road network maintenance and management strategy developed recently would address road maintenance throughout the country.

 

Through the strategy, all donor agencies involved in road maintenance programs throughout the country would be re-aligning themselves to assist in road maintenance.

 

Work and Implementation Minister Michael Nali when endorsing the national road network strategy 2018-2040 described it as a blueprint document that will set milestone achievement and will go down in the history of this nation.

 

“This document will serve as a guideline to align all donor programs in PNG road transport infrastructure for the next 20 years.

 

“My Department, with the support of the Australian Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) has developed an evidence-based strategy to make road maintenance and management work in the country.

PM Applauds Abel For Handing Down First Money Plan

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has commended his deputy and Treasurer Charles Abel for successfully handing down the 2017 Supplementary Budget in Parliament yesterday.

 
“I commend the Treasurer as this is his first budget/money plan. There are now some renewed sense of energy in Treasury and of course as a result of that you can see some real drive into outstanding issues like over expenditure by public servants. The Treasurer is definitely getting things back on track.”

 
Mr O’Neill said that development is taking place across the country in the areas of infrastructure, health and education. “This is only the beginning and we will make sure we deliver before this term expires,” he said.

 
“You see, when we came into office in 2012, we built major infrastructure that you see now,” he said.

 
“If we did not build these infrastructure, the recession will be far worse than today.”
Mr O’Neill said the National Alliance-led government was in control for 15 years and they handed out about seven supplementary budgets when they had surplus, but never built any infrastructure.

 
“To date, they still can’t name an infrastructure they built, and they left no money in the Trust Account,” he said. “Treasury is the engine room, the heart that controls the body, and you should be very careful.

 
“It is a fact, that we are all responsible to correct the position when they are course blow outs, to correct it so we set new targets and that is 2.5 per cent of GDP,” Mr O’Neill said.

Road connecting Hela, Southern Highlands opens

By PETER WARI of The National

 
The Hiri-Lai road connecting Hela and Southern Highlands is now open to the public.
This is one of the links opened by the Government to connect rural communities.

 
Simon Pipi, from Tupip village on the border of Southern Highlands and Hela, said the road had given hope to people like him living in the border areas.

 
He said many elderly people and pregnant women had died from curable diseases and childbirth complications as they could not access basic health services because there was no road to the nearest health facilities, especially the provincial hospitals.

 
Pipi said more than 50,000 people were now using the road and many from Hela were using it because of continuous road blocks, looting and harassment along the Nipa and Poroma section of the Highlands Highway.

 
“In the past, the only noises heard in the bushes were of animals and people. But today, people are able to watch vehicles pass through their villages,” he told The National. “We are just happy and thankful to the national government and the Hela government which had funded this 36km road.”

 
He said in the past, people wanting to go to Mendi or Tari woke up at 1am and walked miles using embers to light their way and reached the bus-stops by 7am.

No Cut To DSIP, PSIP

Source: Post- Courier 

 

September 21, 2017 

 

 
There will be no cuts to province and district services (provincial services improvement program and district services improvement program) funds, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
He said in a statement yesterday that 2017 was almost over therefore Governors and Members of Parliament will receive only K2 million each, two months of their PSIP and DSIP funds this year.
Mr O’Neill, who is in New York for the United Nations’ General Assembly, expressed confidence that the Supplementary Budget will be tabled when Parliament meets, starting on Monday, September 26.
He said the supplementary budget was necessary to balance the budget due to the adjustments in revenue collection, and more importantly, to reprioritise expenditure to focus on the key development agenda.
“The 2017 Budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.
“We will continue to adjust and reprioritise expenditure to ensure that we protect and build on the gains we have achieved in the past five years in healthcare, education, infrastructure, law and order and empowerment of our people.
“The continued investments in these areas is vital to our long-term development and improving the lives of our people.”
The Prime Minister said the devolution of authority to provinces and districts continues to be a core priority for the National Government.
“Our DSIPs and PSIPs are vital to achieving our development objective right around the country,” he said.
“For the first time in history, our government has been getting funds directly to our districts and provinces where our people live.
“People forget that under past governments, no such funding was given to districts and provinces.
“Our DSIP and PSIP policy has seen restoration and development of our district and provinces, and our government is committed to these two programs.”
Mr O’Neill said that in the Supplementary Budget, the government was not cutting DSIP and PSIP funds; “That is certainly not the intention of the government.
“Because we have only two months left in the fiscal year 2017, the government is providing K2 million for each district and province.
“The balance will be paid to the districts and provinces over the term of this parliament.
“These two programs are an integral part of our development agenda, and we have seen these programs deliver real change,” he said.

Abel adamant NID project’s expenditure was transparent

 

By MALUM NALU

 
DEPUTY Prime Minister Charles Abel says he has nothing to hide regarding the use of the K250 million allocated to the National Identification (NID) project over the past five years.

 
He told The National this last night in response to queries raised on the NID project.
It included a statement from his successor as National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, who queried how the money had been spent, given that only 300,000 ID cards were issued before the start of the general election.
Abel said everything had been done correctly.

 
“People say audit NID and all that. Go ahead. Do 25 audits and everything you want,” he said.

 
“There’s nothing to hide. Everything has been done correctly.
“The only issue with NID is the difficulty of the registration exercise. That’s all. There’s nothing else wrong about NID. The basis of the system is all there.

 
“Go into the NID office and see the big card-print network, computer system, the database backup server at Telikom Rumana.

 
“Go around the country and see all the offices that we built. Look at the legislation we brought to Parliament.

 
“Look at the nice birth certificates people are picking up now.
“There are four million blank cards being purchased. They are at NID Haus waiting for the registration to come through.

 
“These are cards that can hold various data — driving license, banking, passport, etc.
“That’s where the money is being spent. There’s actually nothing to hide. It’s a matter of picking up and rolling the programme, improving it.”

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