“most of the river communities in Ambunti, Wosera-Gawi and Angoram have responded negatively”
By Clifford Faiparik | The National aka The Loggers Times | 22 October 2018
East Sepik Governor Allan Bird, pictured, says many communities along the Sepik River have expressed concerns about environmental impacts that will be brought about by the Frieda River mine.
Bird said this yesterday in response to reports of a team from the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) carrying out awareness on the mine along the Sepik River.
“Most of the river communities in Ambunti, Wosera-Gawi and Angoram have responded negatively to a team of officers from Mineral Resources Authority who were there to do awareness on the mine,” Bird said.
“Villagers tend to become suspicious of government officers conducting awareness on a project that will affect their environment.
“They are also suspicious that they will not get economic benefits from such impact projects, although the government officers had portrayed a promising economic and social benefits package to them in the awareness.
“MRA officers had been conducting awareness for two weeks amongst villagers along the river about the economic and social benefits from the Frieda mine.”
The mine is at Telefomin in West Sepik.
Meanwhile, the MRA officers said they had encountered some “misunderstandings” while conducting awareness.
“We were advised not to conduct awareness in those villages,” one of the officers said.
“This misunderstanding was created by a non-government organisation that was there earlier on conducting awareness on the mine.”