Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Minister to build aid post

Source: Post Courier, Tuesday October 4 2011
Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975 and 36 years on, life hasn’t changed much for these children from Ikumdi village in Menyamya district, Morobe Province. They still wear grass skirts because they do not have access to money and shops. The rag t-shirts are mere special ornaments.They also do not have access to basic education and health service. Picture: HARLYNE JOKU

MINISTER for Culture, Art and Tourism and member for Menyamya Benjamin Philip has pledged to build an aid post and school for the Ikumdi people before the National Elections next year.
Ikumdi is tucked away in the corners of Morobe, Gulf and Eastern Highlands provincial borders but is part of Menyamya district, Morobe Province.
They have seen little or no development in their village since PNG gained Independence in 1975 and many of them are still dressed in grass skirts.
Mr Philip said past MPs forgot about the Ikumdi people and he wants to see that this changes while he is in parliament.
He said funding constraints were also making it hard for development objectives and projects to be realistically achieved

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