Alcohol ban around Ramu mine

Combatting law, order problems around mine site

The National aka The Loggers Times 

ALCOHOL shop owners within the special mining lease (SML) and nearby communities of the Ramu nickel mine at Kurumbukari, Madang, will not have their licenses renewed.

This followed an instruction by the acting Madang administrator and chief provincial liquor licensing commissioner, Daniel Aloi, in a letter dated Feb 16, 2015.

Aloi said the decision to stop the licences of the retail bottle shop owners was due to continuous problems that have been caused by people buying beer from the nearby bottle shops, especially at Banu village area before the mine site and at Kinimati village, which is at the end of the mine site.

Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) senior community affairs officer  Greg Tuma said the company for the last couple of months of last year had experienced a lot of problems and disturbances.

Moreover, drunkards have caused damage to company property costing millions of kina and disturbed the peace enjoyed by locals and company employees.

Aloi, in his letter to the chairman of the Kurumbukari Landowners Association, said: “As the chief liquor licensing commissioner of Madang, I have issued an instruction letter to the bottle shop owners advising them of my decision to stop their licences as of the date of their licences expire.”  Tuma said officers from the mine have conducted awareness at Danagari, Enekuai, Kinimati, Banu and neighbouring communities of Kurumbukari (KBK) mine to inform the people in the area of the alcohol ban.

Superintendent with security department at the KBK mine site, Roy Lame, said alcohol was a major contributing factor of problems in the area around the mine vicinity.

Lame said he will strictly issue directives to police to intervene and confiscate all alcohol in the SML areas.

He said he had received reports that youths were producing home-brew and police will check that out as well. When that is done the main checkpoint to KBK mine will be strictly mended.

“Any alcohol going in will be confiscated and drunkards will be referred to police for formal arrest and prosecution,” Lame said.

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3 responses to “Alcohol ban around Ramu mine

  1. Linda Saul

    When will authorities learn that prohibition never works. Managed sales by selling products with a lower alcohol % as well as placing buying limits would be a better way to go. It would also be good if there were health department workshops about managing your personal alcohol consumption, why you should and rehab facility. This strategy is going well for quite a few indigenous communities in Australia. A no brainer win win!

    • Alcohol is the legalised “drink and drug” of Australia and therefore the legalised “drink and drug” of PNG under the rule of Australia as it is currently applied.
      It would be excellent if the rights of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, the Pacific Islands and Australia etc and elsewhere in the world were totally respected in that it is totally natural, to drink kava, smoke marijuna, eat coca, chew buai etc where alcohol is minimised and the rights of all indigenous people is to considered.
      Alcohol is a major problem in Australia and the rest of the world. Why should our Indigenous brothers and sisters be exploited by alcohol when ultimately their lives have existed without it for thousands of years until white man and capitalism forced it upon them and us.

      • Linda Saul

        Exactly my sentiments and the reason why, unless Island nations wish to totally isolate themselves from white man’s products, preferably adult education is needed to empower our people to cope with modern social changes. Informed adults are better role models for their growing children who, in turn, generally do not end up slave to these social poisons.

        Fact remains that it needs to be each individuals’ informed choice to partake or not of whatever becomes available. Prohibition of anything will always chase the problem underground. Those who really want to do drink and drugs will find a way to continue, even if it means moving away from a dry area adding to urban drift.
        People have a choice to be exploited or not since information is readily available these days. The responsibility is with the individual.

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