Posted By Staff Reporter
All Mining activities in the Maprik District should be stopped now, until the developer meets with the landowners and their representatives first, to sort out certain developmental issues in their areas.
This was the stern message from Maprik MP John Simon, after receiving reports from his people that they are now being harassed and chased by policemen recently, when doing alluvial mining along the Parchi River in the Yamil/ Tamawi LLG of his Maprik District.Mr. Simon says, his people were never consulted or called to meet with current developer, Alexander Mining Company, nor were they given any chance to be heard in any Mining Warden's Hearing. He's urging the Mining Minister, Byron Chan, to immediately intervene and put a stop to all mining activities by the company in his District and the province, until landowner concerns are addressed first. Mr. Simon says, the company acquired a license to do exploration and drilling in Maprik, as well as parts of Yangoru/Saussia and Wewak Districts, but only held one hearing in Yangoru and not the other two Districts, which is unfair. The Maprik M-P explains, he is not against any form of development taking place in his District, but it must be done properly for all concerned parties to benefit from and not the developer only. He adds, as peace loving people, they will respect the work of any developer on their land, as long as it is done lawfully and benefits everyone, especially the resource owners. PNG
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