Gorethy Kenneth | Post Courier | October 22, 2019
Madang Governor Peter Yama assured the people of Rai Coast that the fight on the pollution caused by slurry spill from the Ramu NiCo’s Basamuk refinery would continue until the mine was successfully closed.
He travelled to Bindeng in Saidor, Rai Coast district, to officially close the week-long Kangal Festival last week. The people of Bindeng called on the governor to pressure the national government to shut down the Ramu NiCo mine.
Spokesman Daniel Kala said it had almost been a month and the people had not heard from the national government on it actions to protect the people and the environment.
He said the ban imposed by the Madang provincial administration on the selling of fish in the province had affected their school children as well as their daily income opportunities.
Mr Yama said because of the urgency of the issue he had to rush from last Thursday’s Parliament session to be with the people and to brief them on the actions he had taken to pressure the government to take measures.
“I flew back to Madang and addressed my people on the stand the government would be taking on the Basamuk slurry spill incident. I assured my people at the Kangal Festival at Bindeng that I will continue to fight and make sure the mine closes,” he said.
He also urged his people to work together if they wanted to see change in their area. The slurry spill incident has caused fear among the people, especially when they go out to the sea, he said.
He said also that for too long the people and provincial government had not benefited from the mine and had become mere spectators on their own land.