Govt support pledged for Western road project

North Fly people in Western Province can expect support from the national government on their road project across the border to Indonesia.

Minister for Defence and Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim, who officiated at the launch of Alicepit-Ambaga-Yetetkun (Indonesia) road project launch at the invitation of North Fly MP James Donald, assured the people this week that he would take the project to the Cabinet level for National Executive Council submission and endorsement.

He also took the opportunity to inform the people about the O’Neill-Abel government’s priorities, including connecting the missing links around the country by road.

Mirisim said key infrastructure, especially roads, would lay the foundation for development in remote parts of the country, including North Fly and Telefomin.

He made an undertaking to seek National Executive Council’s (NEC) blessing on this road project.

“I will speak to Foreign Affairs Minister and then further up for NEC submission on this road project,” the Defence Minister said.

Mirisim also said because the road is going to run across the international land border, he would ensure soldiers are on ground to provide security from start to end of the project.

In other developments in North Fly, the Defence Minister also announced that the National Government has approved K5 million for army barracks establishment along the Tabubil-Kiunga Highway for phase 1 construction.

(Defence Minister and Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim cutting the ribbon to officially mark the construction of the road project in the presence of Ningerum LLG president Kawuk Konmop, with tie, OTML deputy CEO Musje Werror and North Fly MP James Donald)

Press release