Dumping millions of tonnes of toxic waste into a pristine marine environment was bound to have consequences. Maybe severe rains and flooding was not what was expected – but Mother Nature moves in mysterious ways…
Damaged roads hit nickle-cobalt miner hard
The National aka The Loggers Times
THE COUNTRY’s only nickel-cobalt mine developer in Madang is hard hit as a result of damage to roads and bridges along the Madang-Ramu highway.
Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd buys its diesel supplies, machinery parts, vegetables and food for its Kurumbukari Mine in the Usino-Bundi electorate from Lae. Since the disaster hit the Madang-Lae section of the highway recently, the company has been resorting to Madang for supplies.
However, supplies in Madang are insufficient.
While this is likely to continue as the Government and responsible agencies wait for floods to subside so reconstruction of roads and bridges can begin, Ramu NiCo and other business houses and the public may have to pay more for transport.
Works Minister Francis Awesa assured the people of Usino-Bundi and Madang last week that the damaged roads and bridges connecting Madang and Lae and the Highlands region were priority matters for the Government to attend to.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill visited the disaster-hit areas in the Usino-Bundi and made a commitment of K1 million for relief supplies.
Vice-president of Ramu NiCo (MCC) Wang Baowen visited the Aumia disaster site, the worst affected section of the Ramu-Lae highway, and saw the severity of the destruction.