The National, Wednesday 27th March, 2013
By JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE deteriorating Songura junction of the Sepiba road in the Komo-Margarima electorate, Hela, is expected to undergo major upgrading and maintenance work.
Hela Governor Anderson Agiru allocated K10 million recently to upgrade the road to help more than 17,000 people in the Lower Wagi area of Komo-Margarima.
It was a first time the road will get a major face-lift from the provincial government since it was first built by the colonial administration.
A woman leader from Wagi local level government, Lina Pipon commended Agiru for allocating money to fix the deteriorating section of the Songura junction – Sepiba road.
“Road is our life-line. Government institutions and people in the Wagi LLG depend on roads to transport building materials, garden produce to markets, schools and health centres,” she said.
Pipon said in the past they had been struggling to transport garden produce to the markets and bring in supplies.
She attributed that the deaths of mothers from birth complications was a result of deteriorating road conditions making it more difficult to transport them quickly to Mendi hospital.
“When the road is upgraded, it will make life easier for the people to move around and improve their living standards,” she said.
Pipon said with proper roads, schools and health centres in the area, there would supply of medical drugs or essential items.