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PNG's Morobe Governor Saonu initiates Longest Footbridge

“Onga- Waffa people to cross Markham River more safely then before. 10,000 plus people to benefit.”

Crossing the mighty Markham River will be a thing of the past for the people of Onga- Waffa Local Level Government area of Markham District.

A typical footbridge in Bulolo Morobe Province. 
This is through the great vision of Morobe Governor Hon Ginson Saonu who has spearheaded strong discussion with the Deputy Governor for Morobe Hon Willie Simbisi and Fourteen (14) Ward Councilors of Onga- Waffa LLG today for the longest footbridge ever to be built across the Markham River connecting Mutzing Station and Onga- Waffa LLG.

Governor Saonu today said initial scoping and feasibility of the bridge will begin now and Morobe Provincial Government is committed to fund and complete the footbridge soon.

“The people of Onga –Waffa and Markham have suffered too long for a connection to ensure they are secured to cross the bridge without the risk of the dangers of the flood from Markham River.”

Governor Saonu said he is pleased with the backing of the Deputy Governor and the respective ward councilors emphasizing that such collaboration of team work is vital for service delivery.

“The footbridge once completed will serve over 10,000 plus people and the flow of economic, social and other vital services such as health and education will prosper,” Governor Saonu explained.

“Such needed vital interventions improve the livelihood of people going forward and MPG is keen to identify such more interventions in Morobe Province and progress them onwards.”

Governor Saonu expressed that more projects in infrastructure development is timely in Morobe Province and urged the people to be more willing with patience to work with MPG to ensure these development agendas come into fruition.

Governor further expressed his sorrow for the many lives with cargo that have been lost over the many years due to crossing the Markham River however gave assurance that Markham hosts the longest stretch of main road in Morobe and now will be the host of the longest footbridge in Morobe.

“Infrastructure development is a key to enhance economic activity in the society and in Morobe we see this area a significant priority to pursue with importance,” Governor Saonu expressed.

“The actual costings and full duration for work on the Footbridge will be presented after the engaged contractor completes all scoping works. The footbridge to be constructed will be 700 metres in length and heavy work will commence for the foundation before the actual construction takes place”.

Governor Saonu said after listening to the engineer who was consulted that gave assurance the footbridge is viable to be completed, he was focused to make sure the footbridge is made into reality.

Onga- Waffa LLG is the home of Markham MP Hon Konni Iguan and Deputy Governor Hon Wille Simbisi therefore Governor Saonu emphasized the need for Markham DDA to closely work with MPG to deliver the completion of the footbridge.

“ I am further appealing to interested agencies and international partners to come forward, work and partner with MPG this major important economic infrastructure to completed in due time because the footbridge will link activities such as coffee, cocoa, timber and other significant economic resources.”

Morobe Deputy Governor Hon Willie Simbisi along with the 14 ward councilors of Onga-Waffa LLG expressed satisfaction for Governors Saonu with MPG’s drive and pledged strongly to work hand in hand to ensure swift completion of the Footbridge soon.


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