By ELIAS LARI
ANGLIMP-South Wahgi electorate in Jiwaka has received a double boost to its rural electrification programme.
The district last Friday launched its K5.4 million rural electrification programme to cover six major areas that have not had access to electricity since 1975.
Jiwaka Governor Dr William Tongamp, who was there to officiate, chipped in with another
K2 million to connect electricity into villages and homes.
The six areas to benefit are:
- Lufa-Tari Market at Kindeng Junction to Rolgomb;
- Avi and Yaupas-Avi School;
- Wurup-Kuna Kaip;
- Wurup-Wara Wau; and
- Wahgi and Kami-Kami High School.
The project will start in January.
Anglimp-South Waghi MP Ruman Joe Kuli presented the first payment of K2.1 million to contractor Voltrain Engineering Construction on Friday at Kindeng to roll out the programme.
Kuli said with the support of
K2 million from Tongamp and the provincial government, the remaining balance would be fully paid as the project was rolled out.
Kuli said electricity was becoming the most-needed service for people to raise their standard of living.
He said this project would benefit future generations and improve people’s livelihood.
Tongamp commanded Kuli for seeing the needs of the people by funding the project – which will begin in January next year.
“Whatever funding that we are making available is for the people as we represent them,” Tongamp said.
“Electricity is becoming something people rely on in their daily lives and what local MP Joe Kuli is doing is welcomed.
“My advice to the people is to allow Joe Kuli to work and respect his leadership.”
Tongamp also called on youths to change their mindsets and stop from taking life-destroying marijuana and homebrew.
He said Anglimp-South Waghi was one of the biggest electorates in the country with 130,000 people and changes would not come at once.
“Some services are not easy to deliver,” Tongamp said.