Gerup Primary School in Sialum Morobe Province was reopened today infront of more than 2000 locals from the inland Dedua area.
Tewai-Siassi MP Dr Kobby Bomareo, Senior Provincial Advisor Education Berei Kalo, District School Inspector James Manasseh and District CEO Sam Engam officiated at the reopening ceremony.
The clash in 2016 was between Karako and Yakopep and Yangkua that resulted in deaths and other casualties reported.
Since entering office in 2017, Dr Kobby tasked District School Inspector James Manasseh to liaise with the Provincial Education Board to reopen the school.
Dr Kobby expressed gratitude to the locals for looking after the school which was not damaged during and after the clash.
"I would like to commend the villages involved in the clash who came together and reconciled in their own understanding without government support," says Dr. Kobby.
The Yunzaing - Siwea new cut road construction is now at Gerup and that now opens up access for this land locked region since Independence.
"Organic coffee is the major cash crop in the inland Dedua region and I am happy that our people can now have access to markets and government services with a new road access" says Dr Kobby.
He also commended ward councillors and village leaders of the warring tribes for working in partnership to ensure peace and normalcy is restored in the area.
"Old is gone, new Gerup Primary School for better education for our children. We must let peace and harmony prevail and embrace development in our area," Dr. Kobby told the locals.
Dr. Kobby also presented K20,000 to Gerup Primary School and announced the Upper Ziweh sports tournament which will be launched next month to unite neighbouring villages and restore peace and unity among the locals.
Earlier on the local MP also visited Gitukia village where he handed over funding of K50,000 for Aid Post upgrade and water supply for the villagers.
The people also thanked the MP for fair distribution of services in all three LLGs in the district.
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