Pomio Signs MoA With RAA For Restoration Of 5 Airstrips
Pomio district became the first district in the New Guinea Islands region to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Rural Airstrip Agency on Tuesday this week.
Signed at the RAA Corporate office in Port Moresby, the agreement entailed RAA’s obligation to rehabilitate five Pomio airstrips namely; Jacquinot Bay, Gonaile, Lele, Bili and Uvol.
The signing signified the first time RAA has ventured into airstrip rehabilitation in the islands but, was made all the more significant by the fact that this was the first time since RAA’s inception, that a district development authority and a provincial government had come together to sign a MoA for the development of airstrips.
Member for Pomio Elias Kapavore who was a signatory to the document, signed the MoA on behalf of the people of Pomio in conjunction with the East New Britain provincial government that was represented by the deputy provincial administrator Levi Mano.
RAA’s CEO John Bromley who officiated the signing, congratulated Mr Kapavore and the Provincial Government of East New Britain for the unified approach in tackling rural connectivity issues.
“Many people in Pomio still have accessibility issues when it comes to getting basic services and that is what we aim to fix when we restore airstrips,” said Mr Bromley.
Pomio Member Mr Kapavore thanked RAA for the undertaking of the rehabilitation exercise and said that it was his desire to see all the people of Pomio receive basic goods and services through improved airstrips.
“Many of our airstrips are dormant now but I am sure with RAA now on board, we can get these airstrips back up and running so that flights can begin servicing the remotely placed people of my District,” said Mr Kapavore.
ENB deputy provincial administrator Mr Mano, said during the signing that ENB always prided itself in its unified approach to development and that the Provincial Government was happy to counter fund the Pomio airstrip rehabilitation.
A joint funding of about K450,000.00 was agreed upon for a rehabilitation process that has been planned to take five years.
RAA CEO John Bromley made it known that while surveys and community consultations would begin within the coming months, actual restoration work would not begin till the fourth quarter of this year.