14 Aug 2009

Morobe province pressing for funds heading into NG govt summit

7:29 am on 14 August 2009

The Morobe provincial government in Papua New Guinea is pressing the National Executive Council to release 153 million US dollars earmarked for projects planned in the province.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the projects are the continued maintenance of Lae city roads and the construction of the Lae-Finschhafen-Kabwum road.

The Morobe administration submitted the project proposals to the National Planning Department and is hoping that the national government gives them the money at the Leaders Summit in Lae today.

Morobe Governor Luther Wenge, who is a supporter of the Government of Sir Michael Somare, says there are two major impact projects that Morobe has presented and wants some definite answer on at the summit.

Recent moves to table a motion of no-confidence in Sir Michael's leadership were initiated by disgruntled government MPs, some of whom claim the Prime Minister has failed to honour promises to release funding for vital projects in their constituencies.