By ROBERT PALME
THE National Executive Council meeting in Kimbu has approved K50 million to upgrade the Hoskins airport and three major roads.
The NEC also appointed three chief executive officers for three institutions and a new board for the Madang Hospital.
Works, Civil Aviations and Transport Minister Don Polye told this paper from Kimbe on Friday that the CEOs include a new Air safety Commissioner, an administrator for Milne Bay province and a CEO for Kimbe hospital.
While details of the other individuals were not ready, the Air Safety Commissioner is veteran pilot, David Inau.
This paper understands Mr Inau, can fly both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
Meanwhile, Mr Polye said the K50 million would be drawn down from a K1.8 billion loan facility with the Asian development Bank.
He said Kimbe is one of the major tourism destinations and the airport is given priority and work will begin this year.
The Minister said he had a consultative meeting with the governor and the provincial executive council and landowners of the site of the Hoskins airport.
The roads he said are the Kimbe-Kandrian, North-South in Talasea and the New Britain Highway linking the East and West New Britain provinces.
Mr Polye also said work is being done now on three bridges that were washed away by floods between Biala and Kimbe.
He said it would cost about one to three million kina. The NEC in Kimbe ended on Thursday and Ministers returned on Friday.