Over K1m for fire service, schools

The PNG Fire Service and three primary schools in the National Capital District and Central Province received over a million kina in assistance on Friday.

They are recipients of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects under Japan’s Official Development Assistance Programme in PNG.

They funds are to support the improvement of basic education as well as disaster prevention measures in PNG.

His Excellency Satoshi Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan to PNG, officiated in the signing of four grant contracts with representatives from PNG Fire Service, Semedagoda Primary School in the Central Province, St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School and St. Peter Chanel Primary School in NCD.

The funding assistance will see PNG Fire Service acquire 6 fire trucks with equipment to assist in the prevention of disaster as well as provide an effective response when a disaster arises, especially in the upcoming 2018 APEC Summit Meeting.

Meanwhile there is an increased necessity in the number of infrastructure to cater for the growth in enrolment of students.

A conducive learning and teaching environment for both students and teachers in the three primary schools are also needed.

At Semedagoda Primary School, Japan will help install a water supply system.

The installation of a water supply system will improve water accessibility and encourage good sanitation practice within the school.

As of March 2018, the total number of grassroots projects has risen to 291, with an investment of close to K46 million.


Carolyn Ure