Road accessibility is the most vital agenda that will boost economic growth and development especially in a large economic based area such as Maprik District in East Sepik Provice.
Member for Maprik and Minister for Agriculture and livestock Hon. John Simon said this followed by a commitment of K200 000.00 to go towards rehabilitating of a long-forgotten feeder road linking Albinama 1 to Albinama 2 and 3, in Bumbita – Muhian LLG, Maprik District.
Maprik District has a very vast geographical terrain that it may take hours to travel from one LLG to another – the locals in Albinama 2 and 3 walk about 2 hours to reach the first village.
He added that the MDDA was now focused on rehabilitating road accessibility taking into consideration that road links would ensure easy access for the locals and especially agriculture farmers in cocoa, vanilla and coffee production.
Minister Simon said the MDDA are currently working on other road links including feeder roads in all LLGs throughout the district.
Under the supervision of the acting Maprik DDA CEO Joshua Himina major roads links in the LLGs including Yamil-Tamawi and Maprik – Wora have seen major maintenance progress.
Maprik town itself is currently undergoing a major change as its main roads are being currently rehabilitated.
The 1.7km town road stretching from works Junction to Triangle and to Amaku river has undergone the priming process and now ready for the beginning of sealing process.
This is the first phase of road rehabilitation for Maprik Town roads, according to Maprik DDA CEO Joshua Himina the first phase cost around K480 000.00 from DSIP funds – the second phase will see the road from FM to new town rehabilitated and upgraded.
Mr. Himina said the second phase would also depend on the promised funding from the East Sepik provincial government – where Governor Allan Bird had committed K500 000.00 to rehabilitate the road from FM to new town and to Illingita AOG Mission station.