PNG’s longest-serving politician, Governor Chan, steps into action

By Thierry Lepani from Post Mail PNG in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving politician and MP is already shaking things up in his province a week after being sworn in.

New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan, 82, does not lose his renewed five-year term and has given instructions for road projects to start.

His 56-year career – including two terms as Prime Minister – spans a crucial period in the country’s history, particularly his coming of age from an Australian colony to a leading democratic nation in the Pacific. South.

According to Sir Julius’ media team, work has started on the West Coast Motorway in New Ireland and aims to make it better than the East Coast Motorway.

In a statement, he said: ‘The freeway must be equal if not better than the east coast freeway. If not, we’re wasting our time and wouldn’t have left a mark on this place.

“You may be the last but you will be the best.”

Works manager Solomon Pela said the west coast would receive road works worth K5 million (NZ$2.3 million) and it would be funded by the New Zealand government. -Ireland.

“The new highway will empower you economically, socially and radically change your standard of living for the better.”

In addition to this, Sir Julius also met Chinese Ambassador Zeng Fanhua last Thursday with discussions covering the two countries’ historical relations, the Taiwan crisis and development opportunities in general.

Thierry Lepani is a reporter for the PNG Post-Courier. Republished with permission.

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