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Alluvial Mining, Development Option for Enga Landowner

The last frontier of Kompiam-Ambum in Enga Province will soon receive the license to do alluvial mining.

Lepyok Saii Landowner Association Chairman, Joe Tomerop says the mining will help in bringing development to the electorate.

Due to the bad road condition, it will take anyone four hours to go to Kompiam, from Wabag town.

Yesterday officers from the Mineral Resource Authority visited Piep in Kompiam, where the alluvial Mine will be.

A Warrant officer from MRA flew into Piep for a warrant hearing, a procedure by MRA, before giving out licenses.

The occasion and reports from the technical officers will later be submitted to the Mineral Resource Council.

The Council will then decide whether to submit the final reports to the Mining Minister to grant a license to the Landowner group to run their own alluvial mining.

All the necessary paperwork has been completed.

Chairman, Tomerop recalled it was quite an expensive exercise since 2014 to actually receive the license.

For four years, the landowner association wasted resources on mapping, researches, and holding gatherings to know the progress.

Mr Tomerop said all they wanted is to get the license, operate the alluvial mine, and use its benefits to build good roads, hospitals, banks, and basic services into the area. An illegal Chinese exploration company was in Piep for 18 months, illegally exploiting the area a few years back.

The landowners chased them away and formed the Association to develop what was left behind.

Mr Tomerop appealed for support, saying this kind of business is not attractive, but for his small community, it will bring blessing and hope.

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