BY LYNETTE KIL
TWO separate contracts have been approved and signed for the construction of the Hela administration building and the long-awaited Wasa Bridge in Kandep district, Enga Province.
The K9.9 million Wasa bridge contract was awarded to local contractor, the Tri-Civil Pacific Limited while the K6.25 million Hela administrative building contract was awarded to Matrix Construction (PNG) Limited.
MP for Kandep Alfred Manase, who witnessed the signing, thanked the government for its commitments and initiatives which were now materialising and Wasa bridge is one of them.
He said bridge parts were bought in January and the signing would see the actual designing and construction of the bridge.
“For more than 25 years the people of Kandep suffered and waited and this would be a relief to them,” said Manase.
He said the bridge has critical significance as it would not be a relief only to the Kandep people but it would also service the resource provinces including Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.
“It’s one of the major road connections which all of us will atomically use once it’s built and it is critical significance to the three provinces,” said Manase. He also thanked Minister for Works and Implementation, Michael Nali for the launching of the bridge mid last month in Kandep.
He highlighted the importance of engaging local contractors on projects in the country.
Mr Manase said local contractors should be given prominence, support and attention in order for the country to move forward.
“Some of the commitments the country is making, we must ensure our local contractors are given the necessary prominence and support that is needed.
“I have being an advocate in civil aviation projects to have local contractors engaged, have trust and confidence in Papua New Guineans is the way forward,” he said.