Post Courier | August 22, 2018
Mining Minister Johnson Tuke has appealed to parties to the K92 mining project memorandum of agreement to be transparent when negotiating benefits of the project.
The Minister was speaking to parties on Tuesday during the review of the MOA which is taking place in Lae this week.
“Mi laikim state imas tok tru, mi laikim line agencies blo gavman mas tok tru, kampani mas tok tru na ol landowners tu mas tok tru (I want the State to tell the truth, government line agencies to tell the truth, the developer company must tell the truth, and the landowners must tell the truth).”
Tuke said it was important to be upfront on issues and in that way, all stakeholders could achieve their objectives in a timely manner.
He urged all parties to have understanding and respect for each other during the negotiations.
The Minister raised issues with the fact that Kainantu District has not seen development as a result of the mine’s operations so far.
Mr Tuke said as long as he is the Minister for Mining, he would try to ensure that all parties, especially landowners of all mines in the country, receive benefits through their various MOA.
He said the National Government has reviewed the Mining Act 1992 in efforts to better the way government regulates the mining industry in the country.
“This is part of the government’s intervention to ensure that the country’s aspirations and interests are captured sufficiently,” Mr Tuke said.