The National, Thursday 11th April, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
RESOURCE owners advocate Simon Ekanda has commended Prime Minister Peter O’Neil for the decision to restructure state-owned enterprises.
He also welcomed the state’s investment in petroleum and mining assets in the country.
O’Neill had told journalists recently that the restructure was a major decision by the national executive council to provide more transparency
and accountability in the management of investment in mining and
petroleum assets and the state-owned enterprises.
He said the restructure and consolidation of these enterprises were necessary to remove inefficiency, duplication and overlapping of duties.
Ekanda, who is chairman of the Tuguba tribe of the LNG project in Hides, Hela, said the return of the ownership of mining and petroleum to the people was important.
He urged the prime minister to
do the same for the Panguna copper mine, and return it to the Bougainvilleans.
Meanwhile, the Resource Owners Federation chief Jonathan Paraia also commended O’Neill for taking control of the PNG Sustainable Development Program and Ok Tedi mine.