Compensation demands Hinder Development
PNG Power Acting CEO, John Tangit, has strongly appealed to the people in the Highlands Region to open up the region to more and improved electricity services.
Speaking during the PNG Power 50th anniversary celebrations in Goroka, Mr. Tangit said compensation demand is a great hindrance to electricity services penetrating into the interior parts of the region.
Mr. Tangit said PNG Power staff based in the Highlands provinces have a duty towards ensuring public safety and appealed to the people to support them in making their tasks easier by reporting faults so that safe and reliable electricity can reach all.
He said the company wants to improve its electricity supply in the country and people in the Highlands must change their attitudes to enable the company roll out its services to the unreached areas in the region.
Mr. Tangit also strongly warned against bribery and power thefts and people who conduct such practices must stop immediately.
He said many people in the Eastern Highlands have already died as a result of making illegal connections.
He said increased deaths from illegal power connections in Eastern Highlands have come to their attention and they are monitoring this closely at the management and board level and appealed to the people to help create awareness on public safety.
Meanwhile, the Acting CEO has thanked the PPL staff in the highlands for supporting the company achieves its goals and visions.
He said PPL was the sole producer of electricity in PNG and attributes its success to the loyalty and dedication of its staff who work hard to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply to its customers in the region.
Mr. Tangit said reaching fifty years is a big achievement for the PPL Management and Board and this is a result of a collective effort of staff and their families working together.
“Strong family unit has been the source of PNG Power’s success over the last 50 years and from our hearts on this 50th anniversary we say thank you to you all”, he said.