By GABRIEL LAHOC
THE biggest village in the Salamaua Local Level Government area – Busamang – has officially been named as the new location for Salamaua High School (SHS), which will be transferred from Kela village.
It is understood the Salamaua Health Centre, and a new improved jetty to cater for the Community Water Transport Program, will also be relocated to Busamang.
After facing constant problems over the years, the Morobe provincial government, the provincial administration, and the Huon Gulf district administration have agreed to shift the functions of the fast deteriorating school closer to Bula Falls in Busamang.
The funds required for the relocation have been have been earmarked.
Governor Luther Wenge committed K500,000 from the provincial purse to help with the relocation exercise
The school will be built around the site of the old Bula Girls Vocational School of the 1960s and has fertile land, mini hydro-electricity and fresh water supply from Bula Falls.
Former Morobe premier and current Salamaua LLG president Joshua Haggai, who was initially involved in the setting up of the school at Kela, said that the current location was not conducive to the academic development of the students.
“Salamaua High School is not an issue anymore, there shouldn’t be any more debates on that. Any changes that take place should compliment our national leaders,” said Mr Haggai, who is from Busamang village.
The expected shift of operations and the actual establishment of SHS is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the health centre to follow.
According to Huon Gulf MP and Health and HIV-AIDS Minister Sasa Zibe, the health centre also currently at Kela could not cater for increasing the demand.
“I have committed K500,000 from the Health Minister’s discretionary funds, but I am still looking at a new location to shift the health centre,” Mr Zibe said.