The National, Friday 7th September, 2012
IT was a wonderful day for the residents of Wau, Morobe, last Friday.
There was singing, dancing and celebrations as students, parents and the local communities came together to celebrate the opening of a new two-storey double classroom for Wau Upper Primary School.
Bulolo parliamentarian and deputy opposition leader Sam Basil, arrived with his district administration officers,including administrator Tae Gwambelek, to witness the classroom handover from Hidden Valley Joint Venture (HVJV) to the school.
The classroom was built at a cost of K375,000 – thanks to HVJV, one of three joint ventures that make up Morobe Mining Joint Ventures (MMJV).
Local contractor Winima Pacific Manpower was given the contract for the building.
The new classroom will relieve overcrowding and enable students to learn better.
Basil said he was proud to have a good partnership with MMJV in the district.
He said MMJV was delivering the same services that the government had not been able to provide.
He said as the political head of the district, it was his first time to witness MMJV under its community services obligation programmes bringing vital services to these communities.
He said benefits from mining came in many ways and one of them was through the programme.
MMJV community and regional development manager Benjamin Kamaya said it believed it was playing an important role in supporting Bulolo district by increasing the number of children going to school.
He said the opening of the classroom was the last project in a series of projects started three years ago, delivering classrooms and teachers’ houses from mine villages to Gabensis along the Bulolo Highway.
Kamaya attributed the success of the project delivery to teamwork.