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.