Canadain mining company Barrick Gold and the PNG government are blaming each other for the failure to relocate people living inside the Porgera mining lease area.
Local MP Nixon Mangape says it is not safe for people to live within the mine area but people are still living there after 25 years of mining because of the failure of Barrick and the State to relocate them
According to Mangape, Barrick Gold says it is waiting for the State but when the issue was raised with the Prime Minister the PM said it was Barrick’s responsibility.
Perhaps MRA should explain why they allowed the mining to start and have since allowed it to continue for 25 years without the issue of relocation being settled…
Unlawful to live in mine site: MP
Jeffrey Elapa | Post Courier
THE landowners of the world class [sic] Porgera Gold mine in Enga Province have abused all laws as they continue to live in the Special Mining Lease area for the past 25 years, a Member of Parliament has said.
Lagaip-Porgera MP Nixon Mangape said the laws of the country did not allow people to live within the vicinity of the mine area.
But it was normal for the people although it is not safe because of the failure of the developer and the State.
He said when he inquired with the mine management, he was told that the company has budgetted for the relocation and permanent resettlement of the SML landowners but they were waiting for the State to do its part by negotiating with them.
Mr Mangape said from Porgera yesterday that when he raised the question to the Prime Minister in Parliament, he was assured that the developer was responsible for the resettlement exercise but the company is now blaming the State for failing on its part.
He said Porgera has been contributing 16 per cent of the country’s GDP but successive governments had fail to look into the needs of the people.
“I am calling on the Government and its responsible authorities to address the issues for the good of its people and not to continue ignoring their plight.
He also called on the Government to speed up the MoA review as it was overdue as the Government was continuing to sit on it for almost two years now.