The people of Eratap village could not ask for a better Christmas gift on Christmas eve other than a concrete road that could provide easy and quick access into and out from their community.

Napu-Nafsawian Driveway (Eratap dialect meaning unity/blessing) is a 440 meters precast road constructed by local contractor, Dinh Van Tu Enterprise.

Government leaders including Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, Minister of Insfrastrcuture and Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, MPs, chiefs, community leaders and the people of Eratap walked their way up the driveway as part of the official launching ceremony. Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

Paramount Chief of Eratap, Chief Andrew Kalpoilep acknowledged the Government of the day for fulfilling their longtime quest.

“The need of having a better road has been our longtime cry.

“We have politicians after politicians coming here and promising better roads but those were just failed promises.

“Thank you to this Government and particularly, Minister Jotham Napat for pushing for this Vt35 million project to eventuate,” Chief Kalpoilep stated.

The paramount chief admitted that the community is divided but the road project has also paved way for unity within the community.

Minister of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Jotham Napat also acknowledged the Salwai Government for including Eratap road project as a priority in its 100-day plan. “This Government is determined to drive change in Vanuatu.”

He noted that Eratap is not the only community that is benefiting from Government projects targeted at improving the lives of the people of Vanuatu through upgraded infrastructures.

To the people of Eratap, Minister Napat said the road has marked a better start for their community. He called on the people to unite. He also thanked the chief and people of Eratap for putting their differences aside and allowing the government to go ahead and implement the project. READ MORE