The National, Monday July 29th, 2013
By FRANCIS POKA
TWO primary schools and a health centre have been upgraded for K9.8 million in Dei district, Western Highlands.
The money was given by local MP Wesley Nukundi during a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday.
The allocation is: K2 million for the Nunga Primary School, K5.8 million for the Kotna Health Centre and K2 million for the Kenembo Primary School.
The two primary schools will be upgraded to high schools and the health centre to hospital status.
It was witnessed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, former prime ministers Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, Sir Julius Chan and Paias Wingti.
They were joined by MPs and Cabinet ministers who were welcomed by traditional sing-sing groups.
On behalf of the Dei people, Nukundi thanked O’Neill, saying it was a privilege to see him there during the distribution of District Services Improvement Programme funds to projects.
He said upgrading the school would benefit children in their education and the new hospital should provide better medical services.
O’Neill said the Government was bent on providing free education and health services.
“For that reason, the Government has budgeted K10 million every year to each district to improve and upgrade education, health services and infrastructure developments,” he said.
He urged people to use the services to develop their children who would be the future of the country.