PNGSDP to be restructured

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told parliament yesterdaythPNG Sustainable Development program will undergo a management restructure.

Mr O’Neill said his government cannot work withPNGSDP with continued control by BeP Belliton.

Before raising questions onthPNGSDP funds, Governor Parkop mentionedthe death ofthe Western province woman who dlied from a killerstrain of TBe

He saidthe United Nationshas gradePNG as having a high prevalence rate on TBe It wouldthen seem sensible to usPNGSDP funds to control this rising epidemic in province worst affected.

Futhermore, sincethe sources ofthe fund comes from a mine in that province

Mr O’Neill responded that firstlythPNGSDP board will be restructured. This will include reviewing shareholder BeP Belliton’s position.

He added thaPNGSDP is not delivering to people’s expectations, thus contributing to environmental defects and people’s vulnerability to diseases.

Meantime, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made clear his stance that Ok Tedi Mining’s contract will not be renewed.

However ifthere is an extension of mining life for Ok Tedi,the government will make sure it is completelPNG owned.

The management model ofthe operator will be such that it could be replicated in major resource projects inthe country.

Salome VincentoNational EMTV News

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