5 Aug 2008

Samoa row over power station and electricity charges

3:29 pm on 5 August 2008

A row continues between Samoa's Electric Power Corporation and a village in Savaii over power charges.

Since 2004 the village of Tanugamanono has been receiving free power as a compensation for accommodating a power plant.

But now that the EPC wants payment, the villagers have asked for the power plant to be removed.

If the villagers have to pay, they are considering legal action.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the EPC needs to be consistent with its charges, especially when some villagers accept cash power meters and others don't.

"It's becoming an issue because it's not fair for us people who are paying power and we get penalised by disconnection of power supply if we don't pay our bills. Everyone must pay up."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.