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Papua New Guinea

Panguna district office relocates

The relocation of the Panguna District office to Birempa, near Morgan Junction has been formalised with a ground breaking ceremony, which took place last week.
The ground breaking ceremony took place at the new site witnessed by stakeholders, which included Ioro constituency member, Michael Lapolela, Central Bougainville women’s MP, Marcelline Kokiai, Panguna district executive Manager, Otto Noruka, Wakunai District Executive Manager, Simon Koraikove and the landowners of Birempa.
The relocation of the district office from Panguna to Birempa is expected to cost K1.3 million with funding already secured according to district executive manager, Otto Noruka.
He said the negotiations for relocating the office commenced in 2014 during the term of former Central Bougainville MP, Jimmy Miringtoro and he was pleased that work had now progressed ensuring the continuation of the relocation with the support of current MP, Sam Akoitai.
He said the decision to shift the office to Birempa was made considering the fact that Birempa was a secure and central location and would provide easy access to the people of Eivo/Torau and Ioro constituencies, which make up Panguna district.
Mr Noruka clarified that with the ground breaking ceremony would now allow technical officers to commence ground work and surveys as works progress on developing the site.
He commended the Birempa Landowners Family Group, the association that represents the landowners, for releasing their land for development.
The landowners association presented an “Agreements and Condition” contract to the Panguna district administration.
The agreement sets out the conditions that the landowners want met in exchange for allowing the government to use their land.
After receiving the contract from the Birempa Landowners Family Group, Mr Noruka presented K10,000, two pigs and food stuff as initial payment for the ground breaking and clean up works that had been done on site.

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