Micah Vows To Take A Stab At Resource Laws

“Today poor people in Hela, poor people in Gulf, poor people in Central Province are seeing the flow of their oil and their gas to Japan and to China with no compensation and no proper development taking place.”

Matthew Vari | Post Courier | May 2, 2017

A very serious leader of the People’s Progress Party (PPP) has vowed to take a stab at the resource laws of the country and the huge public service machinery if his party forms the government.

The current member for Kavieng and PPP leader, Ben Micah, has made the ambitious plans known in the presence of party candidates and supporters assembled at Jackson Airport domestic terminal, yesterday.

He said resource owners will have full ownership of their resources as it has always been for thousands of years and also that the public service will get the biggest trim in its history and the formation of a key ministry to focus solely on village development.

“Today poor people in Hela, poor people in Gulf, poor people in Central Province are seeing the flow of their oil and their gas to Japan and to China with no compensation and no proper development taking place.”

“This is the message that I want to give to the people of Papua New Guinea; the Mining Act 1992 will be repealed and new law of ownership will take place, the oil and gas act of 1998 will also be repealed and this time the new laws will be brought into place that will give the ownership rights to customary landowners,” Micah said.

He said within weeks of forming government, his party will create a ministry of village development and will cut out 11 ministries in the current public service.

“Eleven departments and agencies are going to be removed; we are going to make Waigani small so that we are going to create the ministry of village development,” he said.

“This ministry will focus on 90 per cent of the people of Papua New Guinea living in rural areas and living in the settlements. There will be no more settlements.”

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One response to “Micah Vows To Take A Stab At Resource Laws

  1. PK

    This is the sort of idiotic double speak on expects from these people.
    The people of the highlands within the gas benefits area don’t have any benefits because people like Micah have deliberately withheld these from the land owners.
    I don’t know how this guy can sleep at night.
    Always trying to avoid the obvious truth.
    Pay the land owners the money that Exxon paid the government to pay the land owners.
    Disgusting.
    Utterly disgusting and predatory on the people of PNG
    Micah should be kicked out of politics for what he and his mate have done to southern highlands landowners.
    He knows the potential injury he faces at the election, so he invents this bullshit to distract the voters from the truth.
    Nothing wrong with the Mining or Petroleum Act
    BUT
    SOME THING VERY WRONG WITH THE WAY COMPENSATION AGREEMENTS ARE ADMINISTERED BY WAIGANI
    .

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