THE Papua New Guinea opposition wants the country’s most-isolated districts connected to the rest of the provinces, opposition leader Don Polye told a crowd in Wabag’s Maranumi village on Friday.
Mr Polye said there were four districts in PNG lacking road links: Pomio (East New Britain), Karamui-Nomane (Simbu), Telefomin/Oksapmin (Sandaun) and Maramuni (Enga).
“Our alternative government’s policy is to budget K300 million to link all these areas to the rest of the country,” he told a cheering crowd.
He said, even if he didn’t form the next government, he would still honour the commitment as a Kandep MP.
He stated that Pomio and Telefomin/Oksapmin would get K50 million each while K100 million each will be received by Maramuni and Karamui-Nomane.
Polye said most of the road projects were focussed only in urban areas, saying that billions of kina of taxpayers’ funds were wasted in Port Moresby at the expense of these isolated areas.
He described the flyover bridge project in Port Moresby as economically useless.
“The flyover in the nation’s capital cost more than K300 million. If the government had funded these regional roads instead, our rural people’s livelihood would have been improved.”
Mr Polye said that when he was a Works Minister in the past government, he gave K10 million for the construction of Maramuni road which is still incomplete.
Polye was in Maramuni to launch an alluvial gold mining association and arrived there with his delegation to a hero’s welcome.