K100m pledged for Lae-Kabwum highway
Prime Minister James Marape on Monday committed K100 million starting next year (2020) for the Lae to Kabwum Highway.
Mr Marape speaking at Indagen village in the Komba LLG of Kabwum to mark the 100 years of the first arrival of Lutheran missionaries in Kabwum told the 10,000 plus ELC faithfuls.
He made the commitment as well in light of 13 people who lost their lives while trekking from Lae to Kabwum for the centennial celebrations. Mr Marape announced that the Lae to Kabwum highway allocation will be priority in the national budget in 2020.
He said for the next 10 years the Lae to Kabwum highway will receive K10 million annually from the national budget.
Mr Marape said three undertakings that he will take to address the road inaccessibly of the Kabwum people will start with the engagement of the PNG Defence Force to do ground works for the Lae to Kabwum highway.
He said the PNGDF will as well be engaged to provide regular flights to Kabwum. He said and the PNGDF air service will assist coffee farmers in Kabwum freight their coffee at the same price paid for inn Lae or Goroka. “There will ben more middlemen,” Mr Marape said.
He was emotional sharing his sorrow when he flew over the route that the trekkers took to reach Indagen. “I flew over and saw where these people walked and died on their way to this gathering. Some of us are fortunate to fly in planes.”
He said our little people are still walking the tracks and in this case following the word of God. Mr Marape said after 44 years of Independence people in remote PNG still don’t have roads, schools and clothes.
He said following the spreading of the Lutheran Mission out of Indagen village marked by the 100 years celebration and reaching the highlands province, the government is indebted to the people of Indagen and Kabwum.
Mr Marape said he is amazed by the spirit and power of God to have reached remote places such as Indagen.
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