By SHARON E BARNABAS
LOCAL civil contractor, Lorma Construction, has been given more than K34 million in contracts to upgrade and maintain 18.61km of roads in Enga province.
In a small but significant ceremony at the Government House in Port Moresby last week, Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat, who is acting Governor-General, while Sir Paulias Matane is on leave, signed the project documents on behalf of the State, signifying the official awarding of contracts for the two projects.
The two projects, costing a total of K34 million, will be funded jointly by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government.
The first project is to upgrade the Lame Bridge to Laiagam road while the second is for the PNG Highlands road maintenance and upgrading.
As required by section 47 of the Public Finances (Management) Act, acting Works secretary Hans Sarua and State Solicitor George Minjihau advised that the project documents were in full compliance with project specifications.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare also advised the Government House of the appropriateness of the contracts as awarded by the Central Supply and Tenders Boards (CSTB).
Dr Marat, Mr Sarua, Lorma Construction managing director Kenneth Korakali and engineer Sape Molumi signed the documents last Thursday.