PRIME MINISTER MARAPE LAUNCHES SEVERAL PROJECTS IN WEST SEPIK

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP launches several impact projects yesterday (06/12/21) in West Sepik during his official visit to the province.

Prime Minister Marape said the day of his visit is a milestone day, not only to officially open the new West Sepik Provincial Administration Building but also to announce other impact

projects.

"I want to acknowledge the leadership of the Governor of West Sepik, Hon. Tony Wowo, who did not wait for the National Government. Instead, he when ahead and used the funding given

to the Provincial Government and the province’s internal revenue to build the new Provincial Assembly Building," he said.

"It is not easy to have a vision and to bring it to reality.”

Prime Minister Marape said the West Sepik Province is one of few provincial assemblies in the country to own and work from a new building.

He said the National Government will be giving an additional K4 million for other expenditures that will make the building ready for use.

"As I am now standing at the new Provincial Assembly Building, I will take the opportunity to make some announcements of projects for West Sepik,” Prime Minister Marape said.

"The new Vanimo wharf that will be built here by a South Korean company will cost about USD200 million. This is the closest port for us to export to Asia."

He said once the Vanimo Port is completed, the Provincial Government will have a percentage of share in the revenue that will be generated by the port.

The Prime Minister said another project is the road that will connect Vanimo to Wewak. The first stage of the construction under the Connect PNG program, K200 million has been

allocated and contract is ready to be issued.

"This road will connect Vanimo back to Wewak so you can go shopping in Wewak and you can take short amount of time to travel instead of the long time that it takes now," he said.

"The road from Telefomin to Tabubil is another K200 million project where a new road will be cut."

The Prime Minister added that for the development of West Sepik, the Government has put K15 million in the budget to build a new modern hospital in Vanimo.

He also announced that the Government will be giving K5 million to the province to build a Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) college for the young people of West Sepik.