PNG GULF PROVINCE VILLAGE GETS ELECTRICITY

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By Allan Paniu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 9) –Another east coast village in Papua New Guinea’s Gulf province was energised over the weekend, thanks to the rural electrification programme of Governor Chris Haiveta.

The beneficiary of the programme is Uritai village with some 2,000 people.

Mr Haiveta had officially switched on the 38 kilovolt power generator that will provide electricity to the sub-villages of Karikara, Seavara, Mekovu and Siapeharo 1 and 2.

The governor also donated ice boxes to the villagers which they could use to store their catch from the sea and the river.

The fish is usually sold in Port Moresby and Kerema.

Mr Haiveta noted that there were certain times during the year when the villagers enjoy abundant catch from the river.

However, due to transport problem in the area, they could not bring their catch to the market.

The rural electrification project is the fourth in the region.

"The project will expand from Kerema to Kikori, with Vailala expected to be the next village to get electricity," Mr Haiveta said. "My aim is to promote downstream processing by providing the villages electricity."

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