Provincial government pledges to co-fund MRA programme

The Oro Provincial Government (OPG) has announced that it would co-fund the Mineral Resources Authority’s geological mapping programme in the province, with an allocation of K250, 000.

The OPG Project Manager Morris Kageni, announced the provincial government’s intention to assist last week at Kamondo village in ward 7 of Kokoda district, Sohe electorate.

The announcement was made to MRA geologists and witnessed by the people of Kamondo village.

Kageni said the funding which would come from the Provincial Services Improvement Programme (PSIP) would benefit the province in terms of acquiring baseline data.

He said OPG recognised the importance of the work which MRA was doing and that information acquired from this survey would be instrumental in making informed decisions that would influence future development for the province.

The MRA’s Executive Manager for Geological Survey Division, Nathan Mosusu while acknowledging the OPG’s commitment, said the funding would be spent on the second phase of the mapping programme as the first phase has been completed.

Mosusu said specific areas of spending would be logistics and security arrangements on the ground, and resource assessment in terms of determining the amount of alluvial gold occurrences in the province.

Freddy Mou