The National, Wednesday 04th September 2012
WAU Primary School in the heart of the country’s oldest mining township came alive last Friday when its new double classroom was opened.
More than 5,000 people, including students, teachers and parents from the Wau township, and neighbouring villages celebrated the opening.
Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) funded the project worth more than K400,000.
About 50 guests from Lae and Bulolo, including Bulolo MP and deputy opposition leader Sam Basil, deputy Morobe provincial administrator Patilus Gamato, district administrator Tae Gwembelek, MMJV community affairs manager Stanley Komunt, Nakui landowners association chairman Rex Mauri and Bulolo district education officials attended the opening.
Basil thanked MMJV for working in partnership with the Bulolo district administration under its CSO programme.
Basil said MMJV had supported the Bulolo district in many areas with different projects and programmes which other mining areas in the country were not fully benefiting from.
He said when he was the national planning minister in the previous parliament earlier this year, he had secured K11 million Service Support Grant (SSG) from the national government through the mining sector.
So far K3 million has already been approved from the grant and paid to the Morobe management unit of the Morobe provincial administration while another K8 million was yet to be paid.
Mauri said Wau residents should look after these facilities.
Gamato thanked Basil for securing the funding.
The new classroom for Wau Primary has been dedicated to the late Lengeto Giam.
a staff who passed away.