The National, Tuesday 11th June 2013
WEWAK MP Jim Simitab plans to develop two new growth centres for the Boikin Dagua and Turubu local level governments in his electorate starting this year.
Simitab, who is also Correctional Service Minister, revealed this during a gathering to farewell Boikin Dagua LLG president James Haurom and his ward members at the Divine Word University campus in Wewak last Thursday.
“There is no more room for development at Wewak town. That is why we have to move out of town back to our LLG areas and create our own little townships with government offices, schools, health facilities and other amenities,” Simitab said.
“By the end of my five years in politics we would already have a growth centre for Boikin Dagua at Hawain and Tumarau for Turubu LLG.
“These centres would be a one stop shop for people in these LLG areas as they do not need to come to Wewak except only when they wish to board a ship or plane out of Wewak.”
Simitab said Hawain would also host the Sepik regional extension centre for cocoa and coconut.
Wewak town’s power supply would be extended to Tumarau and Hawain while the district has partnered with Water Aid PNG and Oxfam to deliver water services to villages in the LLGs.