JAMES APA GUMUNO
PEOPLE living between Garnigle and Moroma in the Kerowagi district, Simbu province, now have excess to electricity.
The first phase of the 7km rural electrification programme at the cost of K400,000 was officially switched on last Saturday by Southern Highlands Governor Anderson Agiru.
Three community schools, a health centre, Kewamugl High School and thousands of people living along the road would benefit from the power supply.
Kerowagi MP Guma Wau presented another K470,000 cheque to the PNG Power rural electrification director Daniel Muturam last Saturday to continue connecting electricity from Moroma to Demang, bordering the North Waghi district, Western Highlands province.
Mr Guma told those gathered at Garnigle that under his rural electrification programme, Barawaghi to Kup, Koronigle to Nogar and Kerowagi to Bowokawa areas bordering Jimi district in Western Highlands province would soon be connected to PNG Power.
He said he wanted to ensure people of improved quality of life.
Mr Muturam told the people that when they work on the project, they would not pay compensation.
He said if compensation demands were raised, PNG Power would simply pack up its gear, power pylons and move out of the area.
He said PNG Power should not pay compensation and provide services at the same time.
Mr Muturam said that they had many projects in the province to complete and would not entertain people demanding for compensation.