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Prime Minister Peter O'Neill arrives in Wewak

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his delegation of cabinet ministers and department heads are in Wewak today, to continue their Mamose tour of the country.

Mr O'Neill was in Madang yesterday, to launch a number of impact projects from the town roads, new bridges and the expansion of the airport to international standards.

He returned to Port Moresby in the evening and flew off to Wewak this morning.

There, Mr O'Neill will officially launch a new K50m Boram airport terminal and runway expansion project, and will commission the new K15m school of Nursing at the Divine Word University Kaindi campus before traveling to Vanimo.

National Planning Minister Richard Maru and his Inter-Government Relations counterpart, Kevin Isifu were on the ground last week to ensure the stage is set for the visit.

The government had approved and signed the contract for the Wewak airport redevelopment towards the end of last year.

Contractor - China Shen Yang International Corporation or CSYIC is already on the ground and on Tuesday the two Ministers visited the project site and held talks with the National Airports Corporation ground staff headed by manager, John Francis.

In all, East Sepik is receiving projects within the vicinity of half a billion kina which includes K300m for the Boram hospital re-development, K50m for the new Boram airport terminal and runway expansion, K15m for a new Nursing School, another K15m for Wewak town roads sealing, K40 for a new Wewak wharf, K20m for a new Hawain bridge, K1m for three new science laboratories for Passam National High School, and K1.5m for a new bore water supply station at Yawasoro.

Minister Maru had said these sort of projects were well and truly long overdue for East Sepik.

NBC News

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