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Port Moresby Governor wants settlements to turn into suburbs

Staff Reporter 9/06/2013 | | | |
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop wants to see settlements in the city turned into surburbs in the future.

The governor made this call to his open members, during the launch of the Moresby South Electorate five year development plans yesterday.
He says, future development plans must cater for this in order to adequately provide for all city residents.

Squatter settlements are growing rapidly in major towns and cities, and Port Moresby is no exception.

Its growth has been directly linked to the demand by many families, for affordable housing. It caters for half the urban population in towns and cities.

But it has become problematic for many governments at subnational levels to adequately provide all basic amenities like water and power.

In the Nation’s Capital, Governor Powes Parkop wants this to change. He wants his open members to see the bigger picture and plan for the future by redefining settlements into proper surburbs in the city.

For far too long settlements have been a neglected part of the government’s priority, as a result many of its infrastructure are in appalling conditions.

Education standards have also dropped in schools in the settlements. In Moresby south, 60 percent of Grade eight students do not go on to secondary school.

The governor says this can be improved, if development plans include social development.

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