PM Adamant Mine MoA Should Benefit Locals (Papua New Guinea Post Courier – February 11, 2019)

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill told the people of Usino-Bundi on Friday that there would be no new agreements or extension of the memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the Ramu-Nico project in Madang province.

This has now put to rest Madang governor Peter Yama’s continuous request to the government to review the mine agreement and have it benefit his people instead of the original arrangement where there was no benefits detailed.

Mr O’Neill said there were no traces of development in Madang from the mine, but assured the people that the Ramu Nickel mine agreement would be reviewed and changed to suit the people who have suffered.

He said for too long the mine had been in operation but there was little contribution to the province, and nothing to show for, hence the changes in the review. “For the Ramu mine, there will be no new agreement until we see that our people benefit,” Mr O’Neill said.

“I have changed OK Tedi, Bougainville Copper mine agreements and given them back to the people and provincial governments. “When their (Ramu-Nico) mining licence expires, we will renegotiate so that our people benefit.

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