Bulolo feels the effect of bad roads

Lae News, Normal

COMMUNITY leaders from Biaru and Garaina in Bulolo district say poor road conditions were preventing them from taking their cash crops to the markets.
They said coffee and other agriculture products were bountiful but the bad road conditions could not allow them to transport their products to the markets in Wau, Bulolo or Lae.
Their only health centre has run short of drugs while teaching and building material for the only primary school there were hindered.
They were speaking to their MP Sam Basil last Thursday in Biaru during the Independence Anniversary celebrations.
In his independence speech, Basil recounted the hardships and said the country had gained independence from Australia “too early”.
He said PNG should have gained independence in 1985.
Basil pledged an ambulance and a police post to be stationed in Biaru by early next year. 
He said the rural police post will be one of seven in the district. He clarified that one rural police post will be established in different locations within the district with its central command base at Mumeng.
The police post for Wau rural will be stationed at Biaru.
He said 70 police reservists will be trained and 10 each will be deployed to each of the posts with one regular police.  One vehicle each and firearm will be allocated to each of the posts under an estimated K2 budget. 
He added the current situation in the country indicated that PNG became independent “10 years early”.
“Corruption, greed and the deterioration of infrastructures in the country has shown clearly that we cannot run our own affairs,” he said
Basil said about K6 billion had disappeared within the administrative systems over the years and there was no trace of it, “and even if there was, no one had the guts to track it down”.