By BURI GABI
PORT Moresby city residents will be able enjoy six outdoor gymnasium facilities at various locations with the assistance of China.
Chinese ambassador Wei Riuxing handed over the facilities to the National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop at a brief ceremony at Ela Beach auditorium yesterday.
The outdoor facilities were built at various suburbs in the city with counterpart funding from the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and China.
This is a progress made by Parkop to beautify Port Moresby and make it a better place for its citizens.
Parkop urged city residents to appreciate and enjoy the playing facilities and also be responsible and take care of them.
He thanked Wei, the Chinese government and Department of National Planning for their roles in ensuring these facilities became a reality.
“The gym facilities are purposely made for the young people who will be using them to exercise and keep fit after spending much of their time in the classrooms or in their houses,” Parkop said.
The Chinese government provided counterpart funding for the outdoor facilities project which cost more than K800,000.
Parkop said he was willing to move forward and see changes in Port Moresby and to emulate the development trends that China was currently going through.
Wei commended Parkop for the massive improvement he had brought in over last two years since he was elected as NCD governor.
He said Parkop was the shinning light for other leaders.
“Within two years, Port Moresby is looking much better than what it was over the years,” the ambassador said.
“It is another effort from the hardworking governor to beautify Port Moresby.
“I am encouraging the city residence to look after the facilities and make full use of them,” Wei said.