Franklin Kolma | Post Courier | April 4, 2019
THE people of PNG’s livelihoods need to be at the centre of all mining considerations, says Madang Governor Peter Yama.
Speaking to the media yesterday, he said that there was too much being said about how to build the economy and grow business and not enough thought being put into addressing the issues being faced by the everyday Papua New Guinean.
He said that mines were playing a big part in the expansion and development of PNG and that there was nothing wrong with this, but added that there were certain instances of mining activities being carried out around the country that were being grossly one sided.
“Mining activities are good for the country, but we have to ensure that they are carried out in a manner that is within the framework of the various agreements, within PNG laws and in a way that does not hurt the environment and the people who rely on it for existence.”
Mr Yama said that he was aware of certain mines that were causing widespread issues for natives of the surrounding areas and that he was working on a way to help alleviate the problems being faced by the local people.
“Mining activities must always benefit the people in some way, either through infrastructure development, social improvement or other developmental upgrades.
“They must also and more importantly, be absolutely safe and posing no harm to the surrounding environments and the flora and fauna that exists therein,” he said.
He said it was high time the government and investors take more of an interest in ensuring the livelihoods of people were being bettered by mining giants rather than giving them “too much free room to operate.” said the Madang Governor.