Sibogu/Lahua villages receive electricity supply

bennie smitth and miria ikupu seal the partnership 

Photo: PPL COO Bennie Smith shaking hands with MKC Chairman Miria Ikupu

Villagers of Sibogu and Lahua in the Motu Koita village of Hanuabada will for the first time have electricity supply into their houses.

PNG Power in a working partnership with the Moita Koita Assembly Council installed power pylons and pulled in lines into the small community.

Motu Koita Council Chairman Miria Ikupu in a small ceremony attended by PPL Chief Operating Officer Bennie Smith and his senior officers said that it was a very significant occasion for the people of Hanuabada.

Mr. Ikupu said that he was very pleased with the concerted effort put in by all stakeholders concerned to successfully upgrade the power supply.

It has been a long time coming as the building of additional houses over the years in the area didn’t come with any corresponding upgrade of power supply.

Mr. Ikupu said that the lack of action by the previous Motu Koita authorities and landowners issues hampered the efforts of PNG Power to provide electricity supply.

“I want to personally thank Tony Koiri and his management team for their involvement and also Mr. Paul Sive and his team for the ground work in actually making the project come to fruition,” he said.

The community in the area has been challenged to look after the facilities and assist PPL by maintaining the lines and not to involve themselves with illegal electricity connection. They were told to work in partnership with PPL.

Mr. Smith in response said the PPL was always ready to work in partnership with every community in Port Moresby and the country to provide essential power supply.

“We are very happy to be providing electricity supply to this community and we will continue to be involved with such projects to ensure people are provided with this service,” said Mr. Smith.

He reiterated Mr. Ikupu’s call for the PPL’s infrastructure to be looked after and the people to always report any faults with the supply.

The Moita Koita Assembly have being in discussion with PPL about upgrading electricity supply to all the Motu Koita Villages.

This upgrade exercise will commence in Hanuabada and will continue to all the other villages.