Morobe Governor gives funding for Winima power supply project

The people of Winima in Morobe Province will receive electricity services after their Governor committed K1.5 million for the Winima power supply project.

The K1.5 million is the first part of K3.8 million dedicated to connecting electricity from Wau to Winima for a total of 25 kilometers and into the rural communities.

Morobe Governor Kelly Naru presented the cheque of K1.5 million to PNG Power Ltd last Friday to begin with the first 10 kilometers.

The project will include construction of 25 kilometers of high and low voltage power lines to Winima village, installation of distribution power transformers and the testing and commissioning of the line.

Governor Naru said the people of Winima needed electricity and his government will push for rural electrification project to light up most rural communities.  

“We must use up our funds in bringing essential services like power, roads and schools into the rural communities and improve the livelihood of the people in the rural communities. When we bring electricity in, banking, communication, postage, health and education services will surely follow. This is the network advantage and business drive,” he said.

PPL Rural Services Project Manager for Mamose Region Bernard Ururu, in receiving the cheque said it was a good initiative by the governor to bring electricity into the rural communities.

‘We as a government service provider will take this job as a challenge and perform to your expectations in bringing electricity services to the people of Wau and Winima,” Mr Ururu said.

Nahuwi Landowners Association Chairman Rex Mauri said the landowners wanted to see projects being implemented and action being done in service delivery.

“Electricity is the big benefit to landowners and the nearby communities and we will support the project. If anyone asks for compensation payments, it’s unacceptable,” Mr Rex said.