By PISAI GUMAR
THE government has signed a K50 million deal with the PNG Power Ltd to implement a rural electrification programme in 89 districts over a five-year period.
The deal was signed by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Sam Basil and PNG Power Ltd chief executive officer Tony Koiri witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah at the remote Wagau primary school in Buang, Bulolo district, Morobe province, last weekend.
Koiri said K10 million would be spent each year for every five kilometres.
He said the rural electrification programme would benefit the Bulolo district not only to light up the rural villages but also to provide electricity for small cash-generating activities.
Another K560,000 was allocated to extend the programme from Sagayo to Bugiyau and Wagau villages.
Meanwhile, Telikom PNG Ltd chief executive officer Peter Loko said the Bulolo district under the leadership of Basil had spent K3.3 million to set up the VSat telephone communication systems linking local level areas with the outside world.
The areas covered by the VSat include Biaru, Garaina, Garasa, Kasangare, Bia-Waria,
Zeri, Mumeng, Sagayo, Upper and Middle Watut, Baiune and Baini.
The two latest recipients were Bugiyau and Wagau villages