By TRAVERTZ MABONE
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United church of Hanuabada and the Moresby North west area for the development of part of their land for a sports arena and an urban clinic.
Bishop of Moresby North West urban United church circuit at Hanuabada Edea Kidu thanked Parkop for his visionary leadership and concrete action to bring tangible benefits to the area.
The development includes the building of two netball courts, a basketball court, two volleyball courts, a rugby and cricket oval and a clinic.
The idea sprung two years ago after the initiative was brought up by the Parkop, Deputy Governor and chairman of the Motu Koita Assembly, Miria Ikupu and Bishop Kidu, with the backing of the church.
However, the idea never materialised due to hindrances and disruptions forcing the development initiative to cease until recently.
Ikupu said the Metorea land on which the site was proposed to be developed had never seen such development and the people should thank NCDC for the generous project they have ventured into funding.
He also revealed that an amount of K500,000 was pledged by the Motu Koita Assembly, to assist NCDC with the development of the urban clinic.
Furthermore, Parkop announced the NCDC would be providing K1 million for the overall costs, however, a total of K10 million was needed for the whole project.
Therefore, he added, the development would be done in stages.
Parkop also thanked the United church for allowing the development to take place on their land as it would benefit the community, especially the people of the Motu Koita area, with health care and proper sporting arenas.