The National, Thursday 17th May 2012
By PISAI GUMAR
VILLAGERS from Nauti in Bulolo, Morobe, have requested the government and developer Morobe Mining Joint Venture to hold the memorandum of agreement (MoA) review in the village.
Nauti Investment Ltd (NIL) chairman Nathan Kupa said the six Nauti villages had agreed that the MoA review on Aug 5 be held in the village.
This would cut down on cost and give the villagers the opportunity to participate.
The Nauti people own 50% equity in the Hidden Valley mine site and 100% in the Hamata production site.
The Winima and Kuembu people own 25% each.
Kupa said the previous MoA did not include Hamata.
The payment was for Hidden Valley only.
He said the landowners wanted to ensure the Hidden Valley and Hamata sites were properly identified, verified and stated so the shares could be paid accordingly.
“Since exploration until full operation began, all equity shares were paid under Hidden Valley. That is not good.
“Tingting imas kamap ples klia na raitim igo daun long pepa na bihanim so papa
graun imas save na benefit long 150% share long graun bilong ol stret (The process must
be made clear and written
down and followed so landowners can know how to benefit from the 150% share),” Kupa said.
Preparations for the review is led by Bulolo district administrator Tai Gwambelek and assisted by Watut LLG manager Raune Jombert.