More information regarding the proposed construction of the Simbu Polytechnical (Polytech) Institute in the Gumine district is expected to be revealed today in parliament by the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
The Minister, Mr. Don Polye, in last week’s parliament sitting told the Member for Gumine Mr. Lukas Dekena, that he would respond in full to the member’s questions once he has the full details of this project.
The member asked the minister as to what has become of the K41million funding allocated for the construction of the Polytech institution and what was the reason behind the delay of the construction phase.
The Simbu Polytech was part of a National Executive Council (NEC) decision, decision 185 of 2014, to establish three Polytech institutions, one in Enga, one in West New Britain and the one in Simbu.
Since then, the member said there has been no sign of work and the site where the proposed institution was to be built, remains idol with only a fence around the area.
However, Minister Polye gave his assurance that despite the delay, some work should start soon with the construction.
“That Polytech will be built and will be built properly to the process with quality,” said Polye.
The minister also assured the member that he will get most of the answers to his questions especially on the funding, the delay and when construction will start.