Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn
The member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communication in the Papua New Guinea National Government, Jimmy Miringtoro told New Dawn FM from Port Moresby that he was not happy that the ABG has rushed this bill on the eve of the ABG General elections.
Mr. Miringtoro said that pushing the bill on the eve of the ABG Elections is not proper as other outstanding issues were still not resolved on the future of mining on Bougainville.
He said that from day one he had warned the ABG against the bill especially when the people are still in the dark of this bill that could take away their rights form their land and resources forever.
Mr. Miringtoro also said that the bill was written by outsiders like the Adam Smith International who have been involved in controversial development policies in the third world.
He said that it was unfortunate the government did not listen to the cries of the citizens and passed the bill.
Meanwhile, New Dawn FM understands that if there are some issues that have not been highlighted can now be done through an amendment of the Bougainville Mining Law by the next ABG Government that will come after the ABG General Elections.
The writs for the election will be issued by the Speaker, Andrew Miriki at 4pm this Friday March 27th.