Porgera Landowners Press Statement in response to “Illegal Miners Hit Porgera”

This press statement is released directly in relation to a news articles read EMTV news segment and print news The National 6 February 2014 “ Illegal Miners Hit Porgera”.

porgera alliance ploa logo.jpeg 1024x434 Porgera Landowners Press Statement in response to Illegal Miners Hit PorgeraChairman of Porgera Landowners Association, Tony Mark Ekepa says that the issues surrounding the illegal [unauthorized] mining activity at the mine site is not a new development and the State is responsible for recent increase in illegal [unauthorized] activities at the Porgera Mine site.

The SML Landowners through PLOA have always maintained that this kind of illegal  [unauthorized] activity is manageable through provisions in the Porgera Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) review. The mutually agreed provision regarding resettlement is capable of addressing the problem. Steps have been taken by the stakeholders through the Porgera Mine MOA review but that review has been stalled.

The State, through Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), is to be blamed for the recent increase in illegal  [unauthorized] mining activities for not fast tracking the MOA review. For political convenience, the State has created an unnecessary impasse on the MOA review and illegal  [unauthorized]  activities at the mine site has escalated to a new level as reported by the mine operator.

We the landowners, the developer, the National Government and the Enga Provincial Government, all stakeholders benefit from the Porgera mine. The increase in illegal  [unauthorized] activities at the Porgera mine site is a by-product of ignorance over many years and a refusal to address the problem pro-actively. The current Porgera MOA review has taken the necessary steps to adequately address the problem with pro-active solution but MOA review impasse caused by the State has triggered of the recent increases in illegal  [unauthorized] actives.

The State should not over-react to increase in illegal  [unauthorized] mining activity by deploying mobile police to control the situation. It is a problem that needs to be eliminated at the root. Simply, fast track the MOA review and the stakeholders in the review will mutually undertake a resettlement program that will address the illegal  [unauthorized] miner’s problem once and for all.

Chairman Ekepa says there is no quick fix solution. Fast tracking the MOA review, with a clause on resettlement will trigger of a way forward to eliminate the illegal  [unauthorized] miner’s problem. Finally, once the host SML landowners are resettled out of the SML, the illegal  [unauthorized] miner’s problems will be resettled out as well.

On that basis, due consideration must be given and the Porgera mine MOA review must be fast tracked by the State.

Tony Mark Ekepa
Chairman of PLOA

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One response to “Porgera Landowners Press Statement in response to “Illegal Miners Hit Porgera”

  1. lungun m

    “We the landowners, the developer, the National Government and the Enga Provincial Government, all stakeholders benefit from the Porgera mine”. Mr Ekepa,, does he really know what he is spewing out here. After 23-24yrs where are your benefits? I think Mr Ekepa should stop pretending he knows anything about mining for if he did, his people that he claims to represent would be enjoying much from their gold. No schools, no roads (sealed), no quality housing for landowners, (gold owners), no future funds for when mine closes in 4-6 years. What is your plan Mr Ekepa for your people, a big hole, damaged environment to show to your grand children???? Really what have you achieved being the Chairman, just a shopping list but no ability to buy. The fact that you may speak English really does not mean anything Mr Ekepa. In case you and your team did not reliaze, you guys are a laughing stock to the mining experts. Can I tell you, you can talk all you want in the media, to the government, to your tribesmen but will not affect the miners. They are interested only in the gold and business of mining is PROFIT, not your grievances, your shopping lists, This is real and a fact Mr Ekepa for you to seriously consider before it’s too late. .

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