The National, Thursday October 31st, 2013
NEW Ireland will expand the installation of low voltage solar lights in the province, Governor Sir Julius Chan says.
“We have made a good start in lighting up Kavieng and Namatanai. Our streets are now brighter, safer and our people are more secure when they move around after dark,” he said.
“But having made good progress, we now realise we need to light up more of our town.”
Following consultation with Kavieng Town Mayor Stanley Mansini regarding the need for additional lighting in the residential compounds in Kavieng, Sir Julius directed that the remainder of the lights in Kavieng be installed in compounds.
“We are not content with just Kavieng and Namatanai. We want to light up New Ireland,” he said.
“We have already installed solar lights in Messi, Lipek, Djaul, Taskul and Tasingina sub-health centres. We have lit up the Bol Health Centre, Kabanut, Ungan, Puas, Emirau and Tingwon Aid Posts.”
Sir Julius said the decent lighting made a big difference in the quality of life in towns and villages.
He said more solar lighting systems would be installed in remote government sub-health centres and aid posts on the islands, Konoagil and along the West Coast.
“It is our intent to provide lighting for every aid-post and rural health facility in New Ireland and we will be providing all these facilities with crutches, wheelchairs and delivery beds,” he said.