25 May 2011

PNG's acting PM gives money towards road upgrade in Bougainville

10:18 am on 25 May 2011

Papua New Guinea's acting prime minister, Sam Abal, has given about one point two million US dollars to the minister for Bougainville Affairs for the upgrading and sealing of roads in Bougainville.

The bulk of the money is for the Buka ring road and the remainder for a twenty kilometre stretch from Kokopau to Siara on mainland Bougainville.

The New Dawn website reports the president of the autonomous Bougainville government, John Momis, acknowledging the PNG government's support and saying that he's confident the people of Bougainville will eventually get out of this dependency syndrome and become prosperous.

He says Bougainville's dream is to enjoy freedom, good health and education while working with the people of PNG.

Mr Momis says Bougainville though will need to rely on the PNG Government for funding support until some level of economic recovery is reached.