Jiwakans celebrate opening of bridge

National, Normal

The National, Thursday February 27th, 2014

 MORE than 20,000 people living in Wurup, Jiwaka, are celebrating the opening of the Kuna Bridge, at Wurup, in Jiwaka.

The bridge River Kuna had been a concern for the people from tribes such as Moge, Kopi, Nokopa, Kaulga, Kopi, Roni and Dena.

Members of these tribes are forced to walk for hours with their cargo to reach their villages because they cannot use the bridge.

Works and Implementation Minister Francis heard their cry and allocated K600,000 to build the bridge.

Samson Ulg from Wurup said they had been suffering a lot because they needed the bridge to made travelling easier.

Ulg said the people from the seven tribes could now travel to Mt Hagen and other parts of Jiwaka.

He said they lived in the Anglimp-South Waghi electorate of Jiwaka.

“We did not have any other option at time but to cross the fast-flowing River Kuna,” he said.

Ulg said it was big relief for the people.