ONE of the founding fathers of the nation, Dr Reuben Taureka, has been bestowed the respect of having the nation’s newest highway named in his honour.
The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said the Dr Ruben Taureka Highway has been built to a standard was much higher than any other road in the country, and sets a new quality expectation for road construction.
“Ruben Taureka was one of the first ministers in our country’s government, he represented the people of Abau for many years and also served his people as a medical doctor by profession,” he said.
“As one of the founders of our country, Reuben Taureka made a lot of sacrifices so that we can be here today.
“That is why it is only fitting that we name this highway, from Six Mile all the way to Central City, the Ruben Taureka Highway.
“It does not matter which side of politics a person is on, and if we are with them or not, we must honor our leaders and recognise their contributions.
“This is another way we can ensure that people for generations Reuben Taureka’s name and can learn about his work for the country.
“We must name infrastructure and roads such as this to recognize their contribution to their people and to the nation.”
Mr O’Neill praised the workmanship that went into building the highway, that included more than one million man-hours and provided jobs for 350 Papua New Guinean men and women.
“This is a very beautiful road that we are going to enjoy for many years,” Mr O’Neill said.
“The Ruben Taureka Highway is of a standard that must be the benchmark for new road infrastructure throughout the country.
“This road will last for many decades and is built to the quality that our people deserve, so that they can go about their business, carry their goods to market and travel in comfort. The 14 kilometer stretch of the Ruben Taureka Highway is from 6 Mile to Bautama, and marks a dramatic improvement from the previous road that had not changed in the decades since it was built and rarely been maintained.”