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March 31, 2020

Tolukuma Still Not in Full Operation

Tolukuma Gold mine is currently not in full operation. The 480 plus workforce protested over management issues sincethe disbanding of Petromin. Nowthey want to know whothey should report to.

Spokesman Dr Newton Albert,the medical officer atthe mine, said workers want a new board and management isolated from Petromin to control finance and running ofthe mine.

The workforce of Tolukuma mine has called onthe Prime Minister to give financial powers tothe mine’s management.

The aim is to expedite operations atthe site since Petromin which has been that work is under restructure. Dr Albert said this will ensure continuity.

However,the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is yet to respond.

Dr Albert saidthe recent refusal of Petromin appointment general manager Sarimu Kanu, saw to chopper runs being halted as of Saturday morning, and workers who are due for field breaks and those who are returning are still stranded.

Newly appointed CEO of Tolukuma SamInguba, said in a recent interview thatthe Prime Minister has been informed of plans to revitalise infrastructure, such as mill maintenance and loaders.

Meantime,Inguba said Petromin still has a 100 per cent hold on Tolukuma and any issues regardingthe mine will be decided bythe current Petromin management.

MrInguba also stated that police personnel are onthe ground to provide security tothe workers and mine property.


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