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Re: ONLY VILLAGE CONMEN, WAIGANI THIEVES & FOREIGN INVESTORS WANT THESE MINES, LNG PROJECT

June 19 2010 at 6:22 PM
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Response to Re: ONLY VILLAGE CONMEN, WAIGANI THIEVES & FOREIGN INVESTORS WANT THESE MINES, LNG PROJECTS,

Countryside I agree with you. Many dreamers (usually the ones who live a fat and content life overseas!) like to pontificate how PNGeans struggling with poor access to govt services and development in PNG that we should protect our environment from the "rape and pillage" by overseas companies.

It is a clear fact after 35 years of independence that if not for the mines and the oil projects, many parts of our country would still be poorly developed. The rise of Western Province, Bougainvillean and Engan educated elites can be clearly tracked to the contribution that mining projects made on those provinces. The explosion of Engan lawyers, doctors, and other white collar workers is traced to Peter Ipatas' free education policy of the 1990s which was paid for out of the Engan Childrens Trust were the Porgeran royalties were going to. Same for the Bougainville Copper Foundation's Bougainville scholarships during the 1990s and the 2000s. The Chevron and Oilsearch education projects did the same, keeping schools open in impacted areas.

The mining and oil projects have also paid for schools, health posts, hospitals, roads, power projects, and other community infrastructure in all areas where they operate in. Some of their facilities are the best in the country, despite the remote location of these projects.

The truth is that PNG is very lucky for the resource projects we have. It speeds up the development pace for the provinces that are lucky enough to host the project. The National Government's challenge is to spread the wealth to the other provinces.

And no, it is not village conman who support these projects. Everybody in the village supports a resource project in their area. Its only when it comes time to distribute a benefit that disagreements arise, and people withdraw their support until changes are made that satisfies their desired participation. Everybody in the village realises that a mining or petroleum project gives their children a chance for a better education, better healthcare and a better standard of living for their families than if they had no project. It is the pontificators, who have never spent a day in the village, or who have gotten accustomed to their fat, western lifestyles who come out and make stupid statements like this - do they actually think that Papua New Guineans, if given a choice between a better life for their families, would actually choose to remain poor with no access to services?


    
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