The Vunamurmur and Barovon communities in the Kokopo District of East New Britain Province last week Friday celebrated the launching of its electricity supply.
East New Britain Governor Ereman ToBaining Jr and PPL Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, Chris Bais officially switched on the lights at Vunamurmur in a ceremony to mark the event.
Governor ToBaining jr on behalf of the people of East New Britain commended the National Government and PNG Power for bringing electricity services to the rural people.
“Today is a significant day for the people of Vunamurmur and Barovon because of the significant commissioning of this rural electrification project,” he said.
Governor ToBaining said the electricity supply into Vunamurmur then onto Barovon was an important stepping stone for the people as it would now make some difference in the living standards.
“Thank you to PPL for working together with the District, the National and Provincial Government in rolling out the rural electricity services.
“This is what my people want and I will continue to work together with PPL in bringing electricity services to the people of East New Britain,” he said.
I also urge the local community to take ownership of this electricity service and look after what is now been given to you and you will continue to benefit in the future, Governor ToBaining said.
On behalf of the PPL CEO, Mr. Bais said that the electricity company was proud as the agency of the National Government to play a part in changing the lives of the rural people of Papua New Guinea.
He said that lighting up Vunamurmur and Barovon showed PPL’s commitment to extending and expanding its rural distribution network to provide electricity to the people.
This commitment is in line with the National Government Medium Term Development Strategies (MTDS) and the Vision 2050 for providing infrastructure and services to the rural communities.
Mr Bais said that without the support from the National and Provincial Governments, the Kokopo District offices and the communities of Vunamurmur and Barovon, the project would not have been implemented.
“National Leaders have become actively involved in supporting rural electrification by allocating the necessary funds and assisting in obtaining the cooperation of the rural communities to ensure projects proceed without disruptions,” he said.
The Vunamurmur / Barovon Rural Electrification Project work started in November 2013.
The project is 6 kilometre in length and was built with a funding of K1 million from the National Planning office and construction was completed in 7 months.
He reiterated the call made by Governor ToBaining to the community to take ownership of the infrastructure and look after it for the benefit of everyone.
Mr. Bais concluded by saying that with electricity comes development and he looked forward to seeing many great things happening for the Vunamurmur and Barovon communities.