By ELIZABETH VUVU
NEWLY appointed executives of the Wild Dog Mining Area Landowners Association were told that their core responsibility is to decide on major development issues affecting resource landowners.
In a swearing-in ceremony last Friday, East New Britain provincial administrator Akuila Tubal congratulated the executives and commended the ground work facilitated by the provincial administration and Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).
He said the association comprised all the incorporated local groups (ILG) within the Wild Dog mining area in the Baining and its core purpose was to decide on major issues affecting resource landowners and their landowning company (Uramot) as the main vehicle of development.
The newly appointed association executives are chairman Eric Doman, deputy chairman, Elisah Samuel, secretary John Malili and treasurer Kepas Sion.
Mr Tubal also announced that the provincial administration had received more than K500,000 from MRA to support maintenance and upgrading of major infrastructure in the Sinivit area.
He said technical officers had completed preliminary scoping and work would begin soon.
Sinivit Access Road, Riet Primary School and Sinivit Aid Post are set to be upgraded.
Mr Tubal appealed to all Baining leaders to cooperate with the administration to work together as a legal government-sanction authority that the National Government would deal with and as a channel delivering benefits to resource owners.