The National – Monday, December 20, 2010
ONE of the very remote schools in Abau district, Central, now has electricity aimed at improving the learning environment for both its students and teachers.
Magarida High School, situated at Magarida station in the Amazon Bay LLG, was the proud recipient of a brand new 200KVA generator delivered recently.
The generator, worth more than K160,000, was purchased under RESI funds for schools in Abau, particularly for Magarida High.
The school has about 80 Grades 9 and 10 students from all over Amazon Bay and the genset was a timely Christmas present for this newly-established high school, which is one of the most remotest schools in the province.
The Abau joint district planning and budget priority committee (JDP&BPC), through its chairman and local MP Sir Puka Temu, approved the purchase of the generator which now completes the district’s vision under the rural electrification programme to provide rural electricity to its rural areas including the three district high schools – Kupiano, Ianu and Magarida.
The generator will be based on school grounds, however, nearby villages of Kurere Asiaro, Wouoro and Mogubo and the Iruna health centre will also benefit from this important facility.
Materials worth more than K400,000 for major projects in Amazon Bay as approved by the Abau JDP&BPC under the district services improvement programme funds have also been delivered to Magarida station.
These include a total of 49 water tanks for the East Maisi area, building materials for the aid posts at Nunumai, Bailebo, Ilai and Iruna health centre, materials for local churches at Ubuna, Pediri and Eunuoro and materials for the Eunuoro Primary School.