Caption: Chief fire officer, bill Roo shaking hands with Japan Ambassador, Satoshi Nakajima during the presentationof two fire trucks.
By LIONEL MUNGAE
The PNG Fire service has received an additional two fire trucks from the government of Japan through its embassy in Port Moresby at a total cost of K815, 890.
This now brings the total to eight fire trucks donated by the government of Japan. The first six trucks were donated just before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
The donation is from the Grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) through its embassy in Port Moresby.
The Japan government has also funded three primary schools in Eastern Highlands and Northern Province respectively for the construction of double storey classrooms to cater for the increasing number of students in these provinces.
Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo, who was at hand to sign the agreement with Japan Ambassador, His Excellency Satoshi Nakajima said the government of Japan through the embassy has been helpful over the years, funding major projects in health, education and infrastructure throughout the country through the JICA programs and Japan is one of the closest development partner of PNG.
Mr Roo said the two fire trucks would be based in Down Town in the Moresby South electorate and Waigani in the North-West electorate to respond to fire emergencies in those locations.
He said most of the fire trucks used by the department are bought 25 years ago and are aging at the moment, and the donated trucks will re-fleet for operational purposes.
Mr Roo said the fire service is delighted and pleased as these trucks are equipped with modernized and standard operational equipment that are capable to respond to fire effectively.
Ambassador Nakajima said the Government of Japan has funded 295 GGP project since 1989 and it is aimed directly to impact the lives of people in the communities by addressing basic human needs such as primary education, primary health care, basic infrastructure such as water supply systems, and the equipment for disaster preventions among others.
“Through GGP, Japan is contributing towards empowering the people through improved education and life skills and enhancing the level of service delivery and basic infrastructure targeted by PNG Government’s vision 2050,” He said.