New Ireland Provincial Executive Council Transport and Infrastructure Chairman James Pandi has commended the sealing from Kanapit to Pire section, the last stretch of the longest sealed and oldest Boluminski Highway, originally built by Germans, where lots of New Ireland lives were lost going over swamps near Konos.”
Mr Pandi said it is about time the national government fulfill its commitments to the New Ireland Province since signing the 1995 Lihir MOA. This road was one of four major projects that have been breached for over 18 years by the National Government; the other three are International Airport for Kavieng, Namatanai Hospital, and International Seaport.
“New Ireland has never demanded for anything more than what it is legally entitled to and the O’Neil Government has finally fulfilled those broken promises. Many ancillary projects were still outstanding which are a contributing factor of distrust and demand for Autonomy as well as Resource ownership push by landowners and the people of New Ireland.”
President Pandi added that NIPG under the leadership of Sir Julius Chan wants to see completions of all projects under the 1995 Lihir MOA complementing our homegrown Malagan Declaration Forward groundbreaking policies and programmes to improve service delivery in the province. “We have bigger and lasting infrastructure programmes for roads, schools, health facilities and community projects throughout the province.”
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan heaped praises to the people of East Barok adding, "Although East Barok of Namatanai District has waited long; the people are the most cooperative and it seems the Highway along this area will be the straightest and widest part of this historical highway. I am pleased at last that this area, which has always remained loyal and steadfast to my government's policies and strong PPP supporters, is now reaping the reward of their beliefs. I am equally proud of the peacefulness of the people and I believe they will make their highway, the prettiest.”