Locals want O’Neill to officiate at event, not Awesa

The official launching of projects in Kiunga today did not eventuate as planned.

The opening of the longest bridge in the country has been put off because the Western people wanted Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to do the honours and not Minister for Works, Francis Awesa.

O'Neill was supposed to officially open the Ningerum Ok Tedi River Bridge and Drimgas Fly River Bridge construction. However, he could not make it because of the handing down of the supplementary budget during today's parliament session.

These were some of the impact projects planned during the government formation in Alotau back in 2012.

It took about four years to complete the projects.

Awesa told the people that the supplementary budget is an important agenda so the PM needed to be there.

He assured the people that he will return to Port Moresby and discuss with the PM. They hope to do the official launching sometime next week.

"Many issues needed to be addressed and will be fitting if the PM was here to listen to them," South Fly MP and Deputy Speaker Aide Ganasi said.

Ganasi said they will wait for the PM and present their issues to him.

Freddy Mou