The President of Malampa Provincial Government Council (MPGC), Norbert Nugbem, said his council wants the upgrade of Norsup Airport on Malekula to kick off and start accommodating bigger planes.
The government can now proceed with plans to expand the airport now that land disputes on the land have been solved by conflicting parties, he said.
President Nugbem reiterated this to two government ministers on their recent tour to Malekula.
He gave the same assurance to the minister of agriculture who went to the island earlier with his delegation.
The Minister of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Energy , Environment and Disaster Management and Energy, Ham Lini and Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, and senior government officials were on the island recently for the first electronic fuel station launching.
President Nugbem took the opportunity in their presence to present a petition to the government to find money for the construction of the Norsup Airport’s new runway and terminal.
Both ministers received a petition each and assured they will deliver to the ministry responsible for infrastructure and the Council of Ministers (COM) when they came back to Port Vila.
The case for Norsup Airport expansion remains clear- land owners must resolve dispute or the government will not involve, Minister Maoh told the people of Malekula.
President Nugbem said: “Land disputes are solved. We just needed funding to expand the airport.”
Norsup Airport expansion is an important part of the Malampa Provincial Government Council’s newly launched strategic plan, he added.
The 18 hectares of land accommodating Norsup Airport in Central Malekula has been recently seized by the government.