The National, Tuesday February 11th, 2014
WESTERN Highlands Governor Paias Wingti has given a portable sawmill to the Agu Community Development Association in Tambul district to build modern homes.
The sawmill, which cost more than K78,000, will allow the 9,000 members of the association to build their own homes under their rural housing project.
The people of Upper Kaguel do not want to live in bush-material homes any longer and hope to see their living standard improved.
Association chairman Lawrence Soto thanked Wingti for the machine, saying the people wanted modern homes in their rural setting to discourage urban drift and promote healthy living.
He said members meeting the requirements of the association would benefit from the sawmill.
Akia tribe leader Timothy Lydowa said bush material homes should be done away with.
Pastor Peter Pirua of the Tekep tribe said it was a dream that came true for the local people.
He said it was a significant project which would change the lifestyle of the population and even stop inter-tribal fights.
Pirua urged elites and businessmen from the area to come and build homes in their local communities.
Many people showed interest in the housing scheme during the dedication ceremony at Uka village.