The National aka The Loggers Times
A LANDOWNER group in Enga plans to go ahead with alluvial gold mining rather than wait for developers.
The Lepyok-Saii Landowners Association from Kweokam in the Kompiam-Ambum district has submitted its resolution to the Mineral Resources Authority.
Association secretary Peter Tambalo said they were now waiting for a reply.
He said the 10 clans of the Porelyin tribe were behind the plan to mine their gold and urged the MRA to speed up the process of granting them a licence.
The association has formed its company to get things off the ground.
He said the Lepyok-Saii Landowners Association Inc had as its own investment company called Akim Ku, which will be involved in the alluvial mining activity.
Akim Ku managing director Joe Tomorop said the landowner company would be the first to operate alluvial or hard rock mining.
“We will see how we go,” he said. We will try and hire some expatriates, who have experience in the mining field to drive our day-to-day operation.”
Tomorop said locals should stop relying on foreigners but try to manage themselves their own resources.