A representative of the Managikiki Community in Bahomea, Central Guadalcanal, says latest activities of the Tina River Hydro project within their communities are very encouraging.
Chief Whitlam Kikolo, former chairman of the Bahomea House of Chiefs and strong supporter of the Tina Hydro Project, says road surveys being undertaken now show the project is indeed moving to fruition. “We have seen surveyors moving up and down among communities conducting surveys on the access road so we are once again assured the Tina Hydro project is indeed coming along,” he said.
Chief Kikolo said members of the communities have been telling him they assure the stakeholders of the project they all support the Hydro project and very much look forward to the long term benefits from this transformational project. “The Communities of Bahomea have also realised that the core land has been acquired by the Commissioner of Lands and is now the property of the Government.
There are no reasons to talk about the land anymore so it is not an issue to be concerned about,” he stressed. Mr. Kikolo once again urges the communities of Bahomea and Malango to support the project by starting to visualize the many opportunities from the project and prepare well for them.
“I also appeal to all our communities to allow the project continue with its awareness programs so that we can get factual updates on the status of the project. I also wish to remind the communities of Bahomea and Malango that we stand to benefit from the project but it is important that we the communities all work together and support each other to achieve the same vision of hosting and benefiting from this important national project.”
Managikiki is the community that will be close to the proposed hydro power house by the Tina River.