Matthew Vari | Post Courier | February 22, 2018
Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke says the policies governing the mining sector in Papua New Guinea need to be revisited.
He said much of the legislations governing the sector are still from the colonial era.
Mr Tuke said with the strong support from Prime Minister O’Neill and government caucus he is determined to take stock of benefits to landowners that make changes for the country to have a greater share in its own wealth.
“I think all our mining policies are more or less colonial. Are we still in the colonial times? We are moving forward,” Mr Tuke said.
“Leaders like Sir Julius Chan have all learnt their mistakes, and are telling me to move forward. The decisions conducted then were suitable for that time. This time has different underpinning. We have take heed of it and move ahead.”
Mr Tuke said he plans for all new mines to provide community obligation concessions.
“We have been for far too long reaped. This is high time; there will never be another time. It needs courage and determination. This government is determined.”
Mr Tuke commended Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his leadership in ensuring changes do take place for the country’s mining sector.
“There has never been a time any consecutive government has thought so much of its people. I have started off with MRA and I will pursue with mining policy and acts.”
“I am adamant and I will fight vigorously until I pass the mining policy (review). I think 40 years is enough and we are overqualified to develop new policies.”
“I have got to do one or two things, I have to make abnormal decisions that will stimulate many others but affect a few.”
He said with the mining industry a huge contributor to the national purse much of its activities have been done behind the curtain. Something Tuke says he wants to change.
“I want everybody to know the system, the guidelines, the policy and the process, because once it (minerals) is gone, it is gone. You can’t renew that so our people have to know what they (developers) are doing.”