Tari gets connected to Power
HELA Province mipela kisim pinis…ino diriman (We have Hela Province.. It is real and not a dream).
Hela Transitional Authority (HTA) chief executive officer William Bando said this while officiating in turning the power on for Tari township at Yangome recently.
The power generated from the 500 KVA generator set is able to provide power for Tari township and surrounding villages.
Turning on the power after 15 years in the “darkness” is a major morale booster for the structural development of Tari township, as the people move closer to fulfilling their dreams for the new Hela Province.
There is no other passionate person than Mr Bando, who wears his heart on his sleeve in his plight to bring Tari on par with the rest of Papua New Guinea.
Mr Bando especially made the point that if it wasn’t for the willingness of the Yangome people, the power station would not be built there. “The Hela people are grateful to the Yangome people for giving their land to allow progress to go through,” he said.
“Even the generator set that is being left in the open has not been vandalised. This is a great example for the Tari people to follow.’’
He further urged the people to look after the property and the PNG Power employees that will be based there.
Mr Bando said that it was important for the Tari people to understand that they must learn to crawl first before trying to run.
He made special mention of the Somare Government for initiating the process and the current O’Neill Government for having the foresight in allowing the HTA to complete their task.
Hela Gimbu chairman Damien Arabagali took the opportunity to tell all stakeholders concerned that service did not come for nothing and that they must all work together towards strengthening this development.
Yangome community leader David Tiparu and Tombale councillor Andrew Yongai said their people were keen to work together with PNG Power. They only wanted to ensure that their local school and clinic gets power.
PNG Power Area Manager Dos Ipanda said power was ready to flow. He said because Tari had been without power for a long time, inspectors would check potential customers’ wiring before they were asked to pay a connection fee so power could flow.