Villagers:Roads will keep us in touch

Normal, Papua

The National – Monday, July 4th 2011

 REMOTE villagers in the outback of Western have called on government to build roads connecting them to government stations and town.

The villagers, through their councillors, said they had been neglected for too long and wanted roads  from their villages to the nearest towns of Kiunga and Tabubil.

Rex Tewinai, ward councillor of Ward 16 of Kiunga rural LLG; Opsi Lime, station ward councillor Depepari in the Nomad LLG; Rex Bai’a, ward 16 councillor of North Awin; and Saksy Totora, councillor for Ia­wara, East Awin,  ex­pressed concern at the PNG Sustainable Deve­lopment Program communications tower launch, saying what they needed were roads.

The councillors, who were grateful for the new tower, said roads would also improve their lives and were key to any development.

Among those present were North Fly MP Boka Kondra and Kiunga Rural LLG president and Deputy Governor James Ukim.

Both men said the Fly government was committed to building roads in rural areas.

Kondra said the provincial government had bought machinery that would be used to link all provincial roads.