By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV News, Port Moresby
PNG Power Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Yanis, admits the company lacks inspectors.
Yanis says a lack of inspectors has caused major setbacks to the company, resulting in work being completed behind schedule.
His comments come after Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority Chief Executive Officer, Fantson Yaninen, queried the issue of power inspectors, after money was paid to PNG Power Limited, but power failed to be connected to Nagam village.
“We have waited for months and no inspectors. They fly in for two to three weeks and return to Port Moresby. So I wonder, whose interest PNG Power is representing,” he said.
However Yanis said, “only [a] few power inspectors are currently employed by the company.”
This issue has resulted in incomplete work because inspectors also have to travel to other centres around the country.
“We do not have many inspectors. Maybe only three to five,” Yanis said.
A lack of inspectors employed by PNG Power has been attributed to the past management.
Yanis said training is a company value. Currently, staff are undergoing training as part of the development program.
“We now have 150 graduates who will be able to carry out the task accordinely,” he said.
After training, officers will be certified and posted to various parts of PNG in the next 12 months.
“We will station each officer in many centres,” Yanis said.