New dinghies for Labuta LLG

BY JOAN BAILEY

LABUTA Local Government Area in Nawaeb District, Morobe Province received three dinghies powered by 75 horsepower engines last week as an independence gift from the Nawaeb District Development Authority.
Kennedy Wenge, MP for Nawaeb and Chairman of the DDA, and Sam Basil, Minister for National Planning and Surveillance, presented the dinghies to the LLG in the village of Wideru.
Mr Wenge said the dinghies were purchased using Covid-19 funds.
He said one will be stationed at Wediru village to help pregnant mothers and mothers with cancer while one will be used by Boac health center and another will be stationed at Bukawa to help small and medium enterprises.
Mr Wenge said the coastal villages of Nawaeb, from Bukawa to Uligidu, depend entirely on sea transport.
He said that outboard motors are very important and seeing the need, the DDA decided to help people transport pregnant women or patients to access standard health care in health facilities as well as to transport their products to access the Lae market.
He said the expense to access health services at Boac Health Center or Angau Memorial General Hospital in Lae from Wideru is 100K.
“The same goes for local farmers and helping them with a boat to transport their fish, cash crops and fresh produce to markets is very important,” he said.
“I decided to have this aid during Independence Week because our country is now 45 years old and we all need to learn to be self-reliant in using any aid given maximizing the benefits that come from it.
“We have budgets allocated for the Independence Day celebration supporting communities, schools, groups, sports activities and health facilities to make the event a moment to remember.
“But for this year the effects of Covid-19 have not seen major celebrations and the funding is being used to empower our people and ensure accessibility to health services.”
Labuta Local Government Chairman Ian Sakae thanked Mr Kennedy and the District Development Authority for their timely support.
He said that for many years, mothers in labor faced transportation difficulties to deliver at health facilities and are forced to deliver in the village where most of the time it is not safe for the mother. and the newborn.

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