The Tikini o Namosi landowners have written to the Minister for Lands to reiterate they did not support or endorse the renewal of Prospecting Licence SPL 1420 – despite the claims of the Permanent Secretary and Minister.
The Licence is controlled by Newcrest Mining through its proxy NJV in which Mitsubishi and Nittetsu Mining also hold minority stakes,
The landowners say the government must now ensure a compensation agreement is in place before any exploration activity on their land.
They also say they will no longer deal with either the Namosi Provincial Office or the Newcrest mining Community Relations Office as both are unethical and unprofessional.
The landowners are also demanding all future meetings with the government or the mining company are held in the village so people can freely participate and express their concerns.