Restrictions Across the Border

While government funding is yet to be released, the Consul has gone ahead and prepared travel arrangements for the group to return to Vanimo on Wednesday 6th May.

Eighteen citizens are on standby to be repatriated back to PNG. They have been stranded in Jayapura since January 2020 when PNG border authorities wasted no time in securing this major entry point. 

Wutung-Vanimo power project announced

This project will be through a power purchase agreement with an Indonesian state power company.

The arrangement will supply power to around 10,000 people living in five major villages of Lido, Waromo, Yako, Mushu, and Wutung as well as the K90 million Wutung Border complex to enable border agencies to become fully operational.

Minister Maru said it will be an historic arrangement and for the first time in this country, where PPL is considering buying power through a power purchase agreement from Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

Major improvements for border proposed

The improvements are part of the Government’s proposed West Sepik Special Economic Zone.

Developments planned for the border will ensure that major economic investments earmarked for the province are not derailed by border security issues.

National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, and delegates of the fact-finding mission to West Sepik travelled to Wutung to inspect the PNG-Indonesia Border Post on Tuesday.

Accompanying him were Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, who is responsible for border issues, and PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo.

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No proper control at PNG/Indo border

Mr Simon said whilst visiting the border recently, he found out that there is no water and no electricity, even no toilets at the border post.

Member for Maprik said it is a disgrace as we tend to fetch water from the Indonesia border to use as we don’t have any water on our side to use for toilet.

He said many people are frequently travelling on the border without even being screened properly.

“People are traveling in and out of the border without any consent or authorities’ control.