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Grand Stand for Enga Provincial Games

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Enga Province will host its Provincial Games next month in style thanks to BSP Financial Group Ltd (BSP) ‘s timely assistance of a Grand Stand, built at the Mommers Oval in Wabag.

BSP Wabag Branch Manager Thomas Tembil said as a Community Bank and People Bank, BSP looks at holistic approach in service delivery. Challenges with law and order issues has not deterred BSP from assisting communities while at the same time create an avenue for youths to engage in sports activities like those hosted at Mommers Oval.

“An oval named after the late Peter Mommers for his contribution to sports, in particular Soccer in Enga Province; Mommers was the founder and first President of the Enga Football Association.  BSP not only delivers Education and Health projects in communities we operate in, we also look at Sports and community oriented projects that impacts the lives of those in the communities,” Mr Tembil said when handing over the grandstand at Mommers Oval in Wabag on Wednesday 16th June, 2021.

The BSP Community Projects gives staff the opportunity to volunteer their free time to give back to the communities. Staff assist with respective Branch or Strategic Business Unit’s project initiative using their weekends, like BSP Wabag Branch staff, to take part in the construction work of this project that they chose as a way of giving back to the community.

“We ‘took to the field’ to constructing a new grandstand at the Mommers Oval in Wabag Town, a timely project as the oval will host the 2021 Provincial Games in August, in preparation for the PNG Games,” said Mr Tembil.

“From levelling the earth to digging holes for the stumps then to the grandstand and its electrical works - it took us 14 days to construct the Grand Stand. It comes with lights and electricity supply connected to provide for sound systems for events,” Mr Tembil added.

Enga Football Association President, Ruddy David in receiving the project, thanked BSP for the new grandstand, noting that a facility or project of this type that has not been done before.

In 2018 Pilakambi Secondary School in the Laigap-Porgera District became the first remote school in Enga Province to have solar lights installed in its classrooms and dormitories – and just like the Mommers Oval Grandstand project, BSP Staff took the lead in the installation of the lights in the school.

BSP Wabag Branch also assisted landslide victims in Tsak Valley back in 2019 and recently the reopening of Yaibos Lutheran Health Centre admission ward after its closure in 2020.

BSP Group General Manager for Retail Daniel Faunt said, BSP has invested K305,000 since 2009 through the Wabag Branch in Community Projects.

“Wabag Branch was established back in the 1980s as PNGBC and since then has been the only bank operating in Enga Province. Located in the heart of Wabag Town, customers come from Kandep, Laigam, Kompiam, Wabag, and Wapenamanda access the banking services,” Mr Faunt added.

BSP Wabag staff and Students of Sangurap Elementary School in front of the refurbished classroom in 2016