By FRANCIS POKA
CONSTRUCTION work on the K87 million Baisu prison in Western Highlands will start soon with the building of a new bridge across Tipi River to facilitate the movement of heavy machinery.
The Baisu jail development project is funded by AusAid through the PNG Law and Justice Sector programme to support Correctional Services’ rehabilitation programmes.
Atzera Construction Company supervisor, Eddie Tika, said the bridge would be the first stage of construction work before the major works on the prison starts.
“The main contractor is Semac PNG. Atzera is the sub-contractor to do first engineering work on roads and bridges before the full work starts on building the new main prison compound and staff houses.
“I don’t know how soon the second stage of work will start.
“As soon as the company is in full swing on constructions work, local workers, mostly youths will be employed.
“The company will give first priority to the locals with trade skills in different fields, like carpentry, joinery, plumbing, bricklayers, electricians, welders, and steel workers,” he said.
Mr Tika said currently the company had engaged four local casual workers to help on the new bridge project and also to provide security for the machines at night.