The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013
GAZELLE MP Malakai Tabar is disappointed with the negative public comments on the construction of the new highway to connect the New Britain provinces.
During the commissioning of the first 7 km of the highway and the upper Toriu Bridge last Saturday, he said people must look at the positive side of such infrastructure.
“Many people are raising concerns in the media and making accusations that the highway once opened will allow people from West New Britain to bring social problems into East New Britain. Sorry, but this is not about discussing negativity,” he said.
“The people at Alakasam that we have referred to as living in a remote area for a long time, will no longer be a remote community but rather accessible now.
“There are many big developments that will take place and landowners must make use of this opportunity to bring about change,” Tabar said.
ENB Governor Ereman ToBaining Jnr said the project was a catalyst for economic growth and development in the area and the whole of Gazelle and ENB.
It would promote the province’s desire of growing the local economy and improving service delivery to rural areas. He also acknowledged the supporting role of the Works Department.