Politician’s love to make fancy promises – but do they ever actually deliver?
Post Courier | March 19, 2019
MINING Minister Johnson Tuke has said, before he signs any documents regarding the Ramu NiCo project, he needs to understand what is there for the landowners.
“When I understand and am really convinced then I will sign the agreement for the expansion, otherwise that will not happen,” Mr Tuke said.
He said he had discussed with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill the licence that government will issue for the expansion must be under a new agreement.
Mr Tuke said many mining companies usually say they will only give according to the MoA, however, there must be some form of kindness and humility when dealing with the local landowners whose land and water were given away for the project.
Madang Governor Peter Yama said the new expansion plan for the Ramu project will be properly discussed and he, as the head of the province, must be convinced that the people of Madang receive more benefits.
He said the old agreement that was signed before the construction and the operation of the Ramu Nickel Project must be done away with.
“The new agreement will be renegotiated, and the old agreement will be no more,”
He said that the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during his visit to Usino had publicly announced that the new agreement will be a fresh start. Mr Yama said he is in full support of a new agreement for the Ramu NiCo Project, and stressed that all the parties that will be signing the agreement including the National Government, the provincial government, and the developer Ramu NiCo (MCC) must make sure the agreement provides better benefits to the people of Madang.
This is particularly for those from the impacted communities, the developer Ramu NiCo, Madang province, and the country.