Ok Tedi Saga has Taken A New Twist

The Western Provincial lLeadersannounced thatthe Ok Tedi Development Foundation will be dismantled and replaced bythe Ok Tedi Mining Impact Areas.


The lLeadersannounced a three hundred thousand kina sponsorship to carry out consultation forums throughoutthe province to educatethe people aboutthe government takeover of Ok Tedi.

Member for North and South Fly were flanked by representatives from UPNG’s Western Province Student Association in a conference on Tuesday and madethe grand announcement thatthe Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) will be replaced by Ok Tedi Mine Impact Areas or OTMIA.


North Fly MP Beka Kondra called on all concerned lLeadersinthe province to stand withthe government and changethe lives oftheir people for the better.


“There is so much ecological catastrophe. The people of Western Province have been sacrificed for making economy or revenue for the country and for investors. We ourselves received almost nothing,” said Kondra.

South Fly MP Aide Ganasi urged boththe national government anPNGSDP to work togther and address this issue for the good ofthe people of Western Province.


“Too much have been spent on consultants and feasibility studies.Inthe affected area, we are village people and we want to see real things. Why are we still living inthe bush material house? At least we should have semi-permanent houses,” said frustrated South Fly MP.

One hundred thousand each was committed bythe North, South and Middle Fly MP’sto host consultation forums throughoutthe province onthe Ok Tedi takeover issue.


The forums have been scheduled to take place sometime next month.


“We’ve got an extract from IPA and found out thatthe 50 per cent ofthe 63 point 4 percent is owned by Tim Carlton which is in trust for BeP, andthe ther 50 per cent is owned by Don Manua,” revealed Rody Ukin, UPNG Western Province Student Association.

Meantime, ousted OTML chairman Sir Mekere Morauta in a conference on Monday sain PNG DP will not back off in its legal pursuit.


Sir Mekere said this is a just cause and he will fight it asthe chairman and a director.

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