The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has launched several major infrastructure projects that will benefit the people of East Sepik Province during his visit this week.
Speaking to a crowd of around 10,000 people, the Prime Minister called on young leaders in the country to work together, and he committed to build a new market in Maprik, upgrade the Hayfield airport and seal town area roads.
“This is our country and we must all work together like our forefathers before us to build a stronger Nation,” Mr. O’Neill said.
“We must work together so our people can experience the benefits of better healthcare and education that our children truly deserve.
“The Government is working with your MP, John Simon, for his vision to upgrade and seal the Maprik town roads. You will have better roads so that you can go about your businesses and travel to school and visit family.
“The market will truly serve a lot of people not only in Maprik, but the people of Nuku, Ambunti-Drekikir, Wosera-Gawi and Aitape Lumi Districts so that people can have easier access to fresh produce.
“The Governor of East Sepik, Allan Bird, also wants to ensure you have a good market in Maprik town and we will deliver this with him. We have had discussions with the Australian and New Zealand Governments to partner with us in building this market.
“Another major project we will develop in Maprik is the Hayfield airport. When I visited Maprik last time we did the groundbreaking, and while initial progress has been slow we will get it moving this year.
“We need to have larger planes serve our people and our community in Maprik and East Sepik.
“You can see where your government is heading and what we are doing for you and the people in other parts of the country in service delivery.
“But we should leave politics aside and leaders should not demean each other, but must work together. Elections will come in three years and then the people can decide if we have delivered on our promises.”
The Prime Minister also visited Parchee Village and opened the Naramko Community Health Post as a further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to enhancing healthcare in rural areas.
“Healthcare is one of the major priorities of our Government and we have increased funding for improving health facilities in the districts and provinces.
“There are many challenges in bringing nurses, doctors and medicines to the hospitals and this is getting better.”