26 September 2012
Northern Governor Gary Juffa has vowed to stop the Solwara 1 project on behalf of his people and those of the affected areas of Papua New Guinea.
Juffa made the commitment in front of a crowd of university students and other interested groups at the University of PNG main lecture theatre in Port Moresby last week
He presented a short brief outlining the strategies he was employing and the reasons behind his actions.
He was taking this step to protect the interests of the people of Northern living along the coastline and islands and those of Papua New Guineans who were reliant on the sea for survival.
“The lawyers engaged are now studying the process of awarding of permits and licences and so forth for Nautilus Ltd for their so-called project.
“They will determine whether there were sufficient checks and balances, conflict of interest and corruption
by the company and Mining Department.
“While the company has gone out of its way to assure the people and the government about its commitment, the reality is that the process appears flawed and improper,” Juffa said.
He said the project was yet another example of a flaw in the country’s system where a company was expected to deliver an environmental impact statement that it paid for.
Juffa said the company would never get away with this in Canada or Australia.