The National, Friday 14th June 2013
THE PNG Defence Force engineering battalion in Lae has received more machinery to help it complete the Baiyer-Madang Highway.
The civic project began in 2010 but reverted to an “on-off” basis due to insufficient funding and equipment to speed up the construction.
PNGDF chief of logistics Col Carl Wrakonei, Igam commander Lt-Col John Giregire and sappers launched two dump trucks and a mobile workshop vehicle on yesterday.
Suppliers have yet to deliver a bulldozer, excavator and a floater truck to the project site.
Wrakonei said the PNGDF was responsible for nation building apart from its core activities in military and civic services.
He said infrastructure development, especially roads, bridges, jetties and airstrips were crucial in order for health and education services to reach the rural population.
“It requires capability in terms of knowledge, skills and workforce, which the PNGDF has,” Wrakonei said.
“But it (PNGDF) lacks machineries to translate the skills and strength into reality.
“However, we have to appreciate and make use of whatever is provided to us.”