The National, Thursday June 20th, 2013
By ZACHERY PER
FINANCE Minister James Marape assured the people of Karimui-Nomane in Chimbu that the Government will continue to provide funding for their road.
He said the Government had already allocated K20 million in the previous budget and the contract awarded but progress was very slow.
Marape said this at the opening of Karimui and Chuave district treasury offices and staff houses on Tuesday this week.
“When contracts are awarded to contractors, we expect at least some kilometers of work to be done,” he said.
He said the opening up of remote Karimui area was a major commitment for the Government and funding would be allocated for development purposes.
Marape, who is also the Minister for Education, presented K500,000 each towards improving roads in both Karimui and Chuave districts in Chimbu.
Former prime minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare made the strong commitment of K50 million to open up Karimui by road in 2003 when he delivered the body of late Chimbu Governor Fr Louis Ambane in Kundiawa.
Karimui-Nomane MP Mogerema Wei thanked the National Government for giving more money to the district.
He said much of these money would be used to open up rural road links in the district, but his main priority was the Karimui road.