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Saturday, January 23, 2010

K30 million insufficient-Polye

THE 2010 Budgetary Allocation of K30 million for routine maintenance of roads in the country has been described as absurd.

Re-elected Kandep MP and Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Don Polye, vehemently decried the Government's continuous underfunding of road maintenance programs, in light of the horrific road accident in the Markham Valley last Tuesday which left 42 dead.

Media reports claim two 25 seater PMV buses, in their attempt to avoid a pothole while both were travelling at high speed, fatally smashed into each other leaving broken bodies strewn on the roadside and hanging out of the buses.

A visibly distraught Mr. Polye told a media conference on Monday this week that no country in the world continues to fund new infrastructure development without allocating funding for routine maintenance of existing infrastructure." The budgetary allocation is absurd. K30 million cannot give me expected level of maintenance. We need over K300 million for basic routine maintenance," he said.

The Minister said the Department of Works had over 10, 000 km of roads to maintain with 2000kms of these listed as priority. "In fact last Tuesday's fatal accident occurred on one of the roads listed as needing priority maintenance," he said.

The Kandep MP asserted that a submission would be made to Cabinet for additional funding for road maintenance. "I will fight tooth and nail to get that funding," he promised.

Adding to these, Polye stressed that the number one factor in preventing road accidents are the drivers of this country as the first responsibility starts with the human factor. He said that common sense must be used at all times as the human factor very much determined most of the road accidents in this country.

He stated the other two factors, Road worthiness and mechanical soundness of the vehicles and the conditions of the roads themselves were common sense issues that could be resolved with care, maintenance and adequate funding.

The Minister further conveyed the Government and his Ministry's sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased.


Anonymous said...

When he first came back after the 2007 national general elections, demoted as DPM, but given multiple ministerial portfolios as compensation, he publicly announced that K600 million would be spent building roads including upgrade of the Okuk Highway and anew one from Malalaua in Gulf to Bulolo to open up New Guinea by road with Papua. Just as well that road to New Guinea from Papua has not happened. Who wants more influx of non-Papuans and their less than civilised attitudes in peace-loving Papua. One day Papuans will rise and the non-Papuans will flee, mark that prophecy seriously!!
Papua Merona, Launa Dia Kava!!

John said...

I can understand Polye’s concern. I don’t know whether the amount funded by government is insufficient for road maintenance programs or not but the poor maintenance of roads is leading to fatal accidents which are claiming too many lives these days. Following an accident, victims have to suffer a log. They may have to undergo sudden lifestyle changes, and the recovery period can be long and demanding. For many people, legal action against those responsible is the last thing on their mind. However, making an accident compensation claim is often a very necessary and beneficial way to deal with the issues which arise following a serious injury, such as financial losses due to time off work. For more information visit compensation claim .