Saturday, January 23, 2010
Story and pictures by JACK NOAH YAMAHA
AS FAR as electricity goes, this is the end of the road for Morata Two Settlement in the National Capital District. From here, it's every man for himself.
The power pole (pictured above) at the end of the PNG Power line through the settlement looks overloaded with over 20 connections. From here, electricity supply is connected to a number of residences, some of them semi-permanent.
From a layman's point of view, this looks very dangerous. The pole near Living Waters AOG church at Morata Two is the power source for the settlers living in and around the vicinity.
The residents who live around there have their own way of expressing what they think this particular pole meant to them. One settler Mr Paul Yopo of Ialibu in the Southern Highlands said, "I have migrated recently from Goroka and am looking for a piece of land to settle in. If I find a place of my own to build a house, I will add one more line to the already 'overcrowded' list of customers.'
Mr Yopo said he came to the city on his own accord so to survive here he has to do everything that everybody else does in order for them to survive. "This is what we called 'survival of the fittest.'
The electricity line connections from this power have been done by PNG Power staff, according to residents Joel Angopa of Pangia and Paul Kupini of Ialibu.
"We spent money to hire PNG Power linesmen to connect us legally. It is not an illegal connection as some would think. We do have easy pay meters installed in our houses."
Mr Angopa is a single father living with his brothers and sells bettlenut and smoke to feed his son and make ends meet.
Mr Angopa said the settlement dwellers would like to see Governor Powes Parkop fix their roads that have been riddled with potholes for a long while. They said the governor could be prime ministerial material to some but for them, he should first get the basics right like fixing roads and a long standing sewage problem in the area sorted out.