Okapa puts aside K1mil for power

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THE Okapa District Development Authority in the Eastern Highlands has committed K1 million from its district services improvement programme funds for the supply of electricity to the district.
MP Saki Soloma and authority chief executive officer James Sapia made an initial payment of K50,000 to PNG Power yesterday for feasibility studies.
Soloma said electricity had become a necessity but it was a sad reality that Okapa was not connected with electricity.
“Electricity is now a necessity to provide quality education, healthcare services, creating business opportunities and doing other things that can improve people lives,” Soloma said.
Soloma said with scarce resources, what little that was available was given to priority areas that needed urgent attention and rural electrification rollout was one of them. Blacklock said they were pleased to see rural districts partnering PPL roll out rural electrification projects and that was in line with their strategy.
“Our strategy now is to go out to the remote areas first and then electricity service can trickle back to those that are closer,” Blacklock said.
“We are pleased to work in partnership to ensure electricity reaches the Okapa people.”


  • fix the roads first, especially the ring-roads that go to Purosa and back out to Lufa-after all the roads are maintained other developments will fall in line easily.

  • Can our Madang Open Member Bryan Kramer allocate the the same amount to connect power from Yagaum District Hospital to Mawan High School and further on to Utu Health Centre?

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