The MRDC donates new canoes to the villagers of Rearea
BY JASON PAISOI
The sea trips of the villagers of Rearea in the central province have been facilitated with the presentation of 25 new rubber dinghies and outboard motors by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC).
The canoes were distributed to the 19 clans in Rearea village, with the two largest clans receiving two each and two were allocated to the community and the church.
The dinghies were fitted with 40 horsepower outboard motors, life jackets and other accessories and were purchased by MRDC at a total cost of K660,000 from Ela Motors.
MRDC Director of Operations John Tuaim told villagers at the launch that: “Banana boats are relevant because your survival comes from the sea and the waterways are an important part of the livelihoods of the people of Rearea.”
He said having a means of sea transport ensures that the villagers can continue to engage in these activities and urged them to use it wisely to improve their quality of life.
He added that internal fighting is the cause of non-delivery of services in most communities in the country.
Mr. Tuaim applauded the community for their cooperation, saying the launch is a model of good governance from Rearea leaders.
Araua Idibana Clan Chief Uda Auda said he was very pleased with the presentation of a dinghy and 40 horsepower outboard motor to his clan and thanked MRDC, Gas Resources PNGLNG and Ela Motors for the assets.
“This dinghy and this engine are a very important asset for our clan because they will help us in the long term.
Not only fishing, but it will also help us in many ways,” Mr Auda said.
Mr. Tuaim said their job (MRDC) is to ensure that we develop and provide quality infrastructure not only in transport but also in education, health and other sectors so that affected communities by large resource development projects are experiencing significant changes in their livelihoods.