ECPNG Church Layman Ekeyak Kanin (L) receives the keys to the church building from OTDF CEO Havini Vira (R)

Three infrastructure projects were handed over to Ambaga villagers of the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) area in Western Province on Friday 19 April.

Mr. Kawuk Konmop former President of the Ningerum Local Level Government took lead in the project, to support Mr Caleb Konmop, Village Planning Committee Chairman.

Kawuk said partnership is needed to bring development into the most rural communities of Western Province. He said: “We need development partners who will work with us, especially OTDF whom I acknowledge the continuous support in bringing development to our community”.

“Such projects can only happen when there is access, upgrading of bush tracks to create access roads” Kawuk iterated.

Trust Administrator Johanis Saferius in the official presentation of the keys to the houses acknowledged the presence of the provincial government represented by Nominated Member for North Fly District Mr. Karu Philly.

Saferius said: “Your presence plays a vital role in the sustainability of such projects as key partners of the government of the day. He said we as developers will be gone one day but the government will remain.

He added: “The CMCA Trust Administration through OTDF  is a delivery arm, in partnership with the Village Planning Committee Chairmen who provide funding from their village funding”.

OTDF CEO Havini Vira in his official address to the Ambaga community congratulated the community for delivering this project. “I give credit to your support towards your leaders and in taking ownership.

During the opening of the church building Mr Vira made special mention of his vision for the CMCA and how the churches play a significant role in the development in the province.

“I visited your village years ago and expressed that, churches anchor communities and create a foundation for progress and today, I am honoured to open the Ambaga ECPNG community church, built through your efforts.”

The church and two teachers houses constructed from the Village Development Funds (VDF) was received by the community members, built at a value of PGK208,000.00, built by youths who trained as carpenters at Kiunga Technical and Vocational Education Training Center (KTVETC). All infrastructure comes with 5,000 L water tanks installed.




The tank installed at the church provides fresh water to the village through a gravity fed pipe.

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