The National, Wednesday, June 8th 2011
EFFORTS to open up accessibility into the remote Obura area in the Obura-Wonenara district, Eastern Highlands, have been boosted with K2 million from the government.
Finance and Treasury Minister Peter O’Neill first presented K1 million to Obura-Wonenara MP John Boito at Tairora High School last Friday while there to officiate at the launching of district services vehicles.
O’Neill then presented K2 million towards a facelift for Tairora High School.
Boito thanked O’Neill for bringing the money into his remote area and presenting it to him in front of his people.
“I thank the government of Sir Michael Somare for allocating K2 million for my road,” Boito told O’Neill.
O’Neill said he would release the next K1 million very soon.
He said he submitted to the government for funding to rehabilitate the school infrastructure.
Boito asked for separate funding to build more houses for police, a cell block and other necessary facilities.
He also presented a new Obura-Wonenara police task force vehicle with three automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition to police.
O’Neill said he would look into the submission to improve police facilities in the district.
There are only 15 regular policemen and six auxiliary police officers serving over 80,000 people of the district.
The means there is one regular policeman for every 5,300 people.
Deputy Police Commissioner operations Fred Yakasa and provincial police commander Augustine Wampe received the fire-arms, keys to the new vehicle and ammunition.