PNG GOVERNOR ANGERED BY FREQUENT POWER OUTAGES

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Wenge threatens to sue government

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, February 24, 2009) – Morobe Governor Luther Wenge has threatened to sue PNG Power Limited for the frequent power disruptions in Lae, Morobe Province.

In a press conference yesterday, an angry governor blasted PNG Power Limited for what he called poor customer services in notifying consumers on the power black outs in the city.

Mr. Wenge claimed that PNG Power Ltd disrupted power supply at whatever time they wanted to, causing substantial damages to the consumers.

The hard-hit consumers were business houses, schools, hospitals and clinics and government offices.

He has demanded that PNG Power improve their services but unfortunately they had not taken heed and were not taking matters seriously.

"We have asked them to improve their services but they are not taking this seriously," he said.

"A public forum will be held on Friday this week to notify business houses and individuals of how the continuous power outage affects the customers," the governor said.

Wenge said business houses and individuals would be asked to come forward and give an account to his chief of staff on how they had suffered and would sue them.

He said these actions were not negotiable as PNG Power Ltd was told in unambiguous terms and they had not taken heed of the situation.

"They have no justifiable reasons to act on those actions as with the Easy Pay system because they have no difficulties with power bills and it is only fair that they must provide the service," Wenge said.

He said this was what he would do and he was very serious.

He said PNG Power Ltd was a private enterprise and had shown that they were not capable of providing service to the people.

He urged Minister for Public Enterprises Arthur Somare to promptly intervene in this situation because Morobe was the industrial hub of the country.

Wenge said if PNGPL did not take any action they would consider a mass demonstration against the power supply firm.

"I will make this clear to the people of Lae on Friday," he said.

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

 

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