BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
LAU/Mbaelelea constituency in north Malaita province has new machines to build its new roads and fix old ones.
A ground breaking ceremony and launching of the new machines to kick-start road construction in the constituency took place last week.
The ceremony was officiated by Member of Parliament for Lau/Mbaelelea constituency and Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Mr Augustine Auga and his team.
The new machines come under the National Transport Fund, and Auga has utilised the fund as part of a rehabilitation project to construct a proposed highway road to the mountainous regions of his constituency and to upgrade existing roads.
The new machines include a bulldozer, excavator, digger, loader, roller, dump trucks and 500 drums of fuel.
According to the Lau/Mbaelelea Office, the road construction will start after launching because the machines and the fuel drums are already on site.
It said the proposed highway will start from the eastern side through the highlands and connected to the western part of Mbaelelea.
“This milestone project if completed will not only benefitting people of Lau/Mbaelelea constituency but Baegu and Fataleka constituency as well, and it will be less than four hours of traveling to and from Auki,” it said.
The people of Lau/Mbaelelea constituency thank Minister Auga for utilising the National Transport Fund for the most needed service.
They said for years people are have suffered from road accessibility to services such as health, education and marketing of garden products to Auki and Honiara.
The launching event last week was attended and witnessed by hundreds, and has been described as the first of its kind in the constituency since the country’s independence.