The Nationl, Monday 10th September, 2012
By FRANK RAI
MOROBE Mining Joint Venture (MMJV), the developer of Hidden Valley gold mine in Bulolo district, Morobe, has vowed to help landowners by providing leadership training in light of the upcoming Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) review.
At the closing of a three-day leadership training for Hidden Valley landowner leaders, MMJV community affairs manager Stanley Komunt made the announcement following landowner requests that other leadership training be held.While acknowledging the tireless effort put in by Tanorama Consultant Ltd, a local firm engaged by MMJV to conduct the workshop, Komunt said courses of the same nature would be conducted to prepare leaders.
He told the gathering that the workshop was very important for the upcoming MoA review, especially to keep landowners informed and prepared.
“The company, trainers and the consultants are here to help you (landowners). You are the ones who are going to build the house for the future of your children,” Komunt said.
MMJV sustainability and external relations general manager David Wissink thanked the leaders for attending the workshop, saying it was proper for them to be prepared for the MoA review.
Wissink said the government entity overseeing the MoA review, the Mineral Resource Authority had not come up with a confirmed date but the company and the people should be prepared.
He said the MoA was for the benefit of more than five to 15 years and the landowners should be well prepared to make the right decision.
“All of us will be involved in the review and it is important for us to be prepared and wait for MRA,” he said.
The landowner leaders thanked those involved in the training and asked for further training.