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Papua New Guinea

Major infrastructure works start in East Sepik Province

BY MATTHEW VARI

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s pre-independence visit to East Sepik on September 13, has not been in vain as he gave an update of progress made since his announcement to create a conducive hub for economic development in the province.
Mr O’Neill announced confirmation of the Wewak Airport contract to extend and build a new terminal.
He said this under the backdrop of signing of the shareholding agreements for the Sepik Plains Chicken Grains and Cocoa Innovation project to be undertaken by the LR Group through its Innovative Agro Industries Company.
“East Sepik Province is certainly going to be seeing a lot of activities happening over the next few months
“I have been just told that the Wewak airport contract has just been awarded and signed at the end of this month.
“Work can start on a new terminal and the extending of the runway to bring in bigger planes,” he said.
He said mobilisation for the new hospital that at Boram is going on with continued work on Wewak Port with PNG Ports Corporation with investment being work to build a mobile barracks for Yangoru-Saussia to maintain law and order along the Sepik Highway.
“Also together with some of our partners we are redeveloping the Sepik highway and recently we have given the contracts for rebuilding of some of the major bridges along the highway.
“So a lot of things happening in that province and I think this is one of the things that is going to stimulate the economy activity of this lovely province of our in East Sepik,” he said.

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