Oro! Oro! Oro!
The people of Oro blessed the new building project being undertaken by Canstruct in the Oro Province of PNG on Thursday, 20 November at Beama Village in Oro Bay. The event was a real community celebration with well over 600 people attending the event and a further 160 amazing performers from 10 different Oro Sing Sing groups. The crowd was wowed with dancing, singing, warrior demonstrations and even a local pop band. A sumptuous feast was laid on with six pigs, magnificent Red Emperor, delicious tropical fruits and salads which was thoroughly enjoyed by all from the smallest child to the elders.
Sing Sing Groups from clans living close to the Kumusi, the Eroro, the Ambogo and Girua were all there to entertain and delight the crowd.
Special guests for the event were – Brigadier General Robert Dademo, Acting Provincial Administrator; representatives for the Governor of Oro including Sebastian Kindou, First Secretary Office of the Governor; John Puri, Provincial Works Manager for the Department of Works; Michael Foster, Communications Manager PNG-Australia Transport Sector Support Program; Ken Thomason, Senior Roads Engineer Advisor, PNG-Australia Transport Sector Support Program; Mike Jackson, New Britain Palm Oil; Lillian Ihari, Canstruct Doctor and Specialist at the Popondetta General Hospital; Mildred Laksen, Administrator at the St Margaret Anglican Hospital in Oro Bay; and Robin Murphy, Founding Director of Canstruct and his son Dan Murphy, who is the Project Director for the Oro Bridges Project and his daughter Jane Murphy, who is Canstruct’s PR Manager.
Robin Murphy, Founding Director of Canstruct addressed the crowd in Pidgin: “We are honoured to be here today with the people of Oro, the representatives of the Department of Works and also of the Australian High Commission. The Australian High Commission have funded this project to build four brand new Bridges for the Kumusi, Girua, Ambogo and roror Rivers. The people of Oro have been waiting a very long time for these new bridges to be built and we thankyou for your patience. My company, Canstruct, is really committed to building these four bridges, so that they will last for a long time and survive flooding and cyclones. The new Bridges will all have a separate sidewalk and double lanes. This will make it easier for both walkers and drivers. It will be much safer to walk across than the current bridges. Canstruct want these Bridges to be better, stronger and safer for you.”
Robin explained to the crowd: “I started Canstruct more than 50 years ago building bridges in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, in Mt Hagen, Mendi, Gusap, Daulo and Kasam Pass, the Highlands Highway and Madang. I am proud to say that those bridges are still standing strong today in 2014. The new Canstruct Bridges here at Oro will be even stronger and better. My son, Dan Murphy is carrying on my legacy here in PNG and I’m very proud of him and this project. I want to assure everyone here today that Canstruct is doing its utmost to make these new Bridges the best in PNG!”
Canstruct would like to sincerely thank the people of Oro, the Governor’s office, the Australian High Commission, the Department of Works and the Beama Village for hosting the event.