Thousands?of people living in the area around Raba Raba Station in Milne?Bay will benefit from the construction of a?new jetty that was opened?by the Prime?Minister, Hon. Peter O?Neill CMG MP, this week.?
The people?of Raba Raba will also have clean drinking water and sanitation for the?first time in their history following?the commitment to build a water?treatment plant.
As the?nation prepares to celebrate 40 years of independence, the Prime Minister?has further committed two hundred?thousand kina to restore the burial?headstones as a lasting memorial to two of the nation?s founding Fathers,?Sir John?Guise and Sir Kingsford Dibela.
In opening?the jetty, PM O?Neill said he hoped the new infrastructure, that includes?new roads under construction,?would deliver immediate positive change?for people in villages around Raba Raba.
?For the?first time, agricultural producers in the area surrounding Raba Raba will?have a more efficient means for?getting their product to market than?in the?past,? PM O?Neill said.
?We must?build infrastructure that will be used by people throughout the country.
?This is a?rural-focused Government, we are here to serve the majority of Papua New?Guineas who live in the rural?communities around the country.
?We need?services in the rural areas. ?We need healthcare and?education delivered to the rural areas so that people?can have better?lives. ?To deliver these?services we need to build the?infrastructure that make it possible for?government to deliver?services, while at the same time businesses can grow and?develop.?
The new?jetty in Raba Raba is one of six jetties that have been delivered by?the Member for Alotau Open and Minister?for National?Planning, Hon. Charles?Abel MP through his DSIP funding.??The jetties are constructed of concrete and?steel to withstand cyclonic conditions and last for decades to come.
During the?visit, the Prime Minister committed 1 million Kina to build a water?treatment system for Raba Raba that will?bring clean drinking water?and?sanitation to Raba Raba for the first time in the station?s history.
?Access to?lasting supply of clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic service?that must be delivered and we will?build the water treatment?plant.?
?This is?part of Government?s ongoing commitment to improve standards of living?right around the nation and access?to clean water is part of this?program.?
?For too?long Governments in Waigani have done nothing when the basic things such?as water should have been?provided.?
PM O?Neill?said in committing funding to restore the headstones of two of the nation?s?founding Fathers in Raba Raba?was important for the nation.
?I want to?thank you for producing some of the best leaders of Papua New Guinea, including?Sir John Guise, our first?Governor General and Sir Kingsford?Dibela.
?They have?contributed immeasurably to our country and we must continue to honour?them.??Even as a small boy in?Ialibu-Pangia we knew of Sir John Guise?and Sir Kingsford Dibela.
?It is?important that their memorials are restored and they are accorded the respect?an dignity that they deserve.??
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