The 1.5 kilometre road from Kamkumung passing through Butibam village, and connecting Busu Road, will cost the Morobe Provincial Government K1.9 million.
The project is a commitment made by Naru during the opening of the Butibam Resource Centre, funded by the Lae District Development Authority (DDA), in August last year.
“This project will commence within the next few days and it will take eight weeks to complete,” the Governor said during the official ground breaking ceremony last Saturday.
“I urge every one of you who are living along the corridors of this road to support the contractor and the project.”
Ahi landowners’ paramount chief, Nathanial Malac, thanked the governor for honouring the commitment.
“I made the request for the governor to seal Butibam road and now my request has come to reality.
“I humbly take this time to thank the Governor for Morobe Kelly Naru, his PEC (Provincial Executive Council) members, the provincial administration and everybody in one way or the other who made it possible for this project to get off the ground,” Chief Malac said.
He added that there were other issues of concern still to be addressed, but since it was time for the National General Elections, they will be brought to the next government’s attention after the elections.
Meanwhile, PNG JV Constructions of Lae city was awarded the project by the Provincial Supplies and Tenders Board. They will start work on the project in the next few days.
A spokesman for the company also thanked the government for awarding the contract and vowed to complete the sealing within the allotted timeframe.
(Morobe Governor Kelly Naru operating an excavator, with the assistance of an operator, to mark the ground breaking ceremony of the K1.9 million re-sealing of Butibam village road last Saturday in Lae)