Press Release – 5th April, 2013

Resource Owners congratulated government for decision on Mining.

The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea wishes to congratulate Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his bold decision to take full control of the PNG Sustainable and the Ok Tedi Mine. The Federation finds it difficult to understand, why BHP had continued to be in control of PNG Sustainable Limited and consequently the OK Tedi mine after relinquishing its ownership of the Mine.

Any Prime Minister would be astounded after been told all these years that BHP has relinquished its ownership, therefore control of the mine, only to find a decade later it never left Ok Tedi at all.

We do ask the Prime Minister to ensure that the funds are managed by an independent institution established by law for the benefit of those affected by the mine firstly,  secondly  the Western Province and then the rest of the country, in that particular order.




Jonathan Paraia


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