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GG signs ARB road works contract

A contract valued at K18, 428,613.28 has been signed for upgrading and sealing of the Bougainville Coastal Trunk Road, from Siara Junction to Ramazon, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The Governor-General, Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, signed the contract on behalf of the State for the 21 kilometre road works in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The contract was awarded to the Morgans Ltd, a nationally owned company, and fully funded by the National Government.

Company representatives Managing Director ,Nick Matiara and Lloyd Matiara and Department of Works Secretary, David Wereh were also present and signed the contract before Sir Michael at Government House this afternoon.

Minister for Works and Implementation, Hon. Francis Awesa, also witnessed the signing ceremony .

Minister Awesa said after a brief press conference following the signing ceremony, that the Government was committed to rebuilding and establishing major infrastructures in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as part of its development plan for the Region.

He added that the national Government was focused on ensuring that locally owned companies were given the opportunity to engage in the construction of major infrastructure facilities not only in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, but throughout the country as well.

Company representatives Managing Director ,Nick Matiara and Lloyd Matiara, signing contract before Governor-General, Grand Chief, Sir Michael Ogio, at Government House on 15 March 2016.

The Morgans Managing Director Nick Matiara, while acknowledging the Government and the Ministry of Works and Implementation for awarding the contract to his company, commented that such a gesture demonstrated the Government’s faith in the ability of local entrepreneurs in the region.

He further announced that his company would sub contract local companies and businesses so that communities and businesses in the region also benefit from the project.

The sealing and upgrading of the road is expected to begin in April 2016.


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