A FORMER Prime Minister, former Speaker of Parliament, former Governor of NCD and member for NCD Regional, the Late Sir William Skate is now among the list of prominent leaders to have the honour of having a landmark being named after.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said he had the pleasure of announcing this at Gerehu’s Casio Circle yesterday (22 June 2017) during the opening of the new 24 km four-lane divided road from Badihagwa to Gerehu to Nine Mile.
“Sir William Skate was a man who had left behind a great legacy as a true leader of the people and the founder of the current ruling Peoples National Congress party. As a former Prime Minister, former Governor and former Speaker of parliament it is only fitting that we name this new stretch of road, ‘The Sir William Skate highway’, in memory of this once great leader,” said Mr Parkop.
Mr Parkop said that that this massive infrastructure development is an investment not only for Port Moresby but for the whole country.
“We have 22 provinces and Port Moresby is the major pillar of the nation. It is the centre of government, business, commerce, trade, economy and communication so we must set the standard here and then it can carry on to Lae, Mt Hagen, Rabaul and Madang” said Parkop.
“We must give credit where it is due and I must on behalf the my three members for Moresby North West, Moresby North East and Moresby South thank our Right Honourable Prime Minister, Peter O’neill for his leadership and vision to develop Port Moresby and PNG,” said Governor Parkop.
He said that such major developments were important as PNG is the hub of the Pacific and the gateway to Asia and Australia which also links up great nations such as the United States, China and other super economic powers.
City Manager Leslie Alu also thanked the Government of China and Exim Bank of China for fully funding the K318 million road project which begun in 2013.
“China Harbour Construction Company must be given credit for delivering a world class standard road on schedule and without any variations to costs. The entire route has been installed with 1000 energy saving lights and the entire route has new power lines and so the community that benefits from this road can connect power from now on,” said Mr Alu.
He also further thanked Cardno Limited for their contributions who concluded that this infrastructure will generate about 4,000 direct business and residential lots and another 2,300 lots through external distribution over the next 10 years.
“This corridor will also facilitate K4.3 billion investments. There are already signs of this feasibility realising and I encourage developers to strictly comply to our sub division code in properly aligning your property with this road. There are also signs that developers are reckless and greedy and blocking the drainage and water flow. We will be hard on them,” said Mr Alu.
Governor Parkop also added that this road corridor must be a well-planned out development for business, residents, recreation and commerce as it is a great opportunity for the economy to boom.
Other dignitaries that also attended the opening were Minister for Health and member for Moresby North West, Michael Malabag, Minister for Sports, Events and APEC and member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko, Deputy Governor and Chairman for Motu Koita Assembly, Opao Udia, His Excellency the Ambassador of China to PNG and senior members of the Police hierarchy.