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K39m Margarima plaza project a waste: Leader

The signing of a K12 million court house complex and a K27 million multi-purpose Plaza in Margarima in the Hela province is waste of public fund when district is in dire need of improved infrastructure and basic services to impact the lives of the little people.

Several Community leaders from Margarima led by Daniel Wakinda said the signing of the K39 million project by the Governor General at the Government House on Thursday is a decision that needed reconsidering.

A prominent businessman and a lawyer who wanted to remain anonymous said the funding of a huge court house and a plaza is a joke and a waste of public money.

The leaders said the Prime Minister James Marape and the local MP Manesseh Makiba should prioritise developments based on needs instead of building mega structures that is not needed at this time when the services have deteriorated over time due to lack of funding.

They said the most important enabler of development is the road network and law and order at at this time while other social sector like health and education are essential to improve the conditions of the people.

“ There is a need for increased police manpower with a good police station and improved living conditions and the establishment of a high patrol post to curb the ongoing tribal fight in the area and to deter the continuous arm holdups between Tango – Ambua and Tigibi road.

We have a cell black and a court house in Tari, and also jail in Tari, there is nothing in Margarima.

“It is illogical to build mega structures in a district struggling to curbing law and order, maintaining the ailing infrastructure and deteriorating government services.

It is not viable for a plaza when we lack the economic base. Our focus should be to improve the lives of the people first,” the leaders said.

“Our people need good classrooms, good teacher’s houses, good road network, and good health facilities. We need to empower and growing the small to medium enterprises, promote Agriculture and improve the living conditions of our people.

“ What we need is to build the Margarima Health Centre to a level 3 hospital and improve the health centres to stop patients travelling to Tari, Mendi, Kundiawa or Goroka,” they said.

The leaders said like Magarima Secondary School, the Lower Wage and Upper Wage Day high schools, the Margarima vocational school at Ugu and Margarima TVET school at Homaria need better facilities to enhance effective teaching and learning.

They said roads like the Janote to Yongale needs to be connected while Kapendaka to Songura, Yambaraka to Yanakale and Ombal to Opal roads need maintenance.