Grace Tiden | Post Courier
3 October 2012
Civil societies in East New Britain and New Ireland Provinces are planning a peaceful protest march to raise concerns on sea bed mining.
They will also be presenting a petition to local parliamentarians.
The East New Britain Sosel Eksen Komiti (ENB SEK) is currently facilitating the arrangements.
Peter Tutuai from the ENB SEK said a working committee was established in one of their recent forums to organise the petition and protest march.
The committee members include Mr Tutuai, former Education Secretary Betual Peril, Father Mathias Lopa, former provincial education adviser Boas Koro, Jack Ephraim, Nerrie Wilson from the Kokopo District Council of Women and Sir Henry Torobert.
He said they have spoken to ENB Governor Ereman ToBaining Junior as well as the police hierarchy in the province for their approval and everything is now in place.
Mr Tutuai said they have also been consulting with leaders in New Ireland Province.
A date for the peaceful protest march is yet to be set by the working committee but committee members want the event to take place before the end of this month.
Mr Tutuai said they plan to carry out the march and present the petition before the next parliament session.
“We think it should be an agenda in the next parliament sitting,” he said. He said the committee will have to finalise the petition before calling on respected community leaders and other important people both in ENB and NIP who will be signatories to the petition on behalf of their people.
Mr Tutuai said they wanted all MPs in both provinces to be present when they submit the petition after the protest march.