Stop logging ops in Tewai-Siassi


I AM writing in support of the letter by Samuel Pawiong in The National on Aug 2.
It is good to see our Government taking measures to control foreign resource developers to work within the confines of the country’s laws.
To make our laws workable and/or enforceable, the onus is on the Government agencies and MPs of rural electorates to act responsibly without fear or favour and check on the companies to ensure due processes are adhered to before the companies can proceed with their operations.
This includes checking on landowners to confirm that the operation locations are correct. Here in Bongo village in Morobe’s Tewai-Siassi district, a logging company was invited to harvest logs in Kulavi village.
Without delay, the loggers destroyed the coastline, blew reefs and stones, felled trees, cleared bushes and bulldozed hectares of land and constructed a road through the village.
They built a temporary wharf to ship logs.
They have destroyed gardens, cocoa trees, coconut and betel nut trees.
All these are happening in the presence of armed guards.
How could the youths and community leaders stop them?
These are all happening right under the noses of Wasu local level government and Tewai-Siassi administration, but no one is doing anything about it even after the Bongo village leaders have approached them.
We appeal to our MP Dr Kobby Bomareo and all leaders to please put a stop to this operation as soon as possible before more destruction are caused to our coastline, land and properties.

Iwa Makuku,
Bongo village (Wasu LLG)