By GYNNIE KERO
LANDOWNERS must be involved in every process in the negotiations for the US$5 billion (K17.47bil) Wafi-Golpu project, Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil says.
He attended the presentation of baseline studies by the developer of the Wafi-Golpu project supporting Deep Sea Tailings Placement on Tuesday in Port Moresby.
Basil urged Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu to take ownership of the project saying all political leaders in the province would support the Government.
He also reminded consultants involved in the talks to understand the views of landowners.
Basil said the business community in Morobe had multi-million kina investments in the pipeline awaiting the Wafi-Golpu project to get off the ground.
“Our landowners know what they want. We have to involve them in every process,” Basil, also the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring said. “For us MPs, we will support our landowners.
“If we know that they are wrong in some way, we will tell them.
“But so far their call is right.
“The business houses are spending a lot of money in Morobe.
“Coral Sea Hotels are building a K500 million hotel.
“They are waiting for Wafi-Golpu to start. There’s a chocolate factory, same amount, they are ready to build.
“There’s another K500 million flour mill that is underway in the miles area of Morobe.”
Basil’s Bulolo district will be building a K1.6 million office at the Mumeng local level government.
Prime Minister James Marape urged stakeholders in the Wafi-Golpu project to work together to move the project forward.
By GYNNIE KERO