Jason Gima Wuri
13 September 2012
Oro Governor Garry Juffa has once again strongly echoed his stance against the introduction of sea bed mining here in Papua New Guinea.
Governor Juffa, who was a guest speaker at the seabed mining forum hosted by the University of Papua New Guinea yesterday, warned that the nation belonged to its 7 million citizens and not to just a minority who were selfishly pursuing the underwater mining venture for their own good.
“I am very concerned about seabed mining, it is a project that should not go on. We do not need it because it will have little positive impacts for PNG.
“My province, Oro, has a coastline and we will be directly affected.
“With other colleagues in parliament like Morobe Governor Kelly Naru, Bire Kimisopa, Labi Amaiu, we are standing against such a project which will have a lot of negative implications if introduced.
“We want to constitute the middle bench, we want to represent our people as middle bench,” Mr Juffa said.
He said SABL was another issue that needed to be addressed accordingly, including the Joko Tjandra case where citizenship was given.
“We have cheapened our nation, I am worried about our nation, especially our children and the future of this land. Where will they be in 10 to 20 years time?” He said.
“Government Departments like the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) have become rubber stamps.
“MRA is dishing out licenses and permits at will and appropriate legislation is not properly sought.
“Corporate entities come into our country and do anything they want and leave after draining all our resources. These entities are becoming more in control of government departments.
“We need a group of like minded people to come together and fight these issues together. Let your voices be heard, keep speaking, I am in parliament, I will do my part for the sake of our people.
“For too long we have elected politicians, we need leaders to fight the real issues for the people, not politicians,” Mr Juffa said.