Nali, Wereh visit Madang

In an effort to foster stronger partnership with provincial government and the District Development Authorities, Works Minister Michael Nali and Secretary David Wereh recently visited Madang accompanied by Governor Peter Yama.

Secretary Wereh said Madang is such a huge land area with a huge potential for growth and investment, and roads play a crucial role in connecting people and providing access to markets and basic services.

Secretary Wereh outlined that they had very fruitful discussions on the quick commencement and completion of the Banab Bridge and Bogia bridges which will start immediately by a local contractor to restore normal access.

He said in line with the Prime Minister’s commitment to rebuild the Madang town roads, they had reached an understanding with Governor Yama on the appropriate technical standards and the related cost and program.

He said work on town roads will start immediately whilst parts of the works on rebuilding the storm water drainage in the main town area has been already completed.

Wereh and Minister Nali also met with World Bank on rebuilding the Ramu – Madang Highway.

Secretary Wereh reiterated that World Bank has confirm the priorities of the government which is to rebuild the main economic lifeline roads first as per Department of Works, National Road Network Strategy which has been approved by NEC.

He added that partnership with donors and stakeholders is paramount and we are strengthening that as well.

Meantime, Yama thanked the Minister and the Government for giving prominence to Madang and look forward to the implementation of those projects.

Freddy Mou