Juffa calls for proper procedure into logging activities

Parliament erupted into a choir of argument between Oro Governor, Gary Juffa and Forestry Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa, on the issue of logging activities in the Collingwood Bay in Oro Province.

The argument stemmed from a question without notice raised by Ijivitari MP, Richard Masere, asking Tomuriesa to clarify the logging issue in the area.

When responding to questions from Richard Masere, Forestry Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa, said the project had been given the ‘green light’ with due diligent but was interrupted by the Provincial member, Gary Juffa.

“We have followed due diligence to award the logging permit and proper documents.”

However, Juffa told the Minister that no due diligence had been followed, and that he had been dealing with landowners that were not legitimate.

He went on and described Tomuriesa as ‘Minister for illegal logging.’

However, Minister Tomuriesa said proper procedures have been followed, but Juffa still wouldn’t have it.

“I am challenging the good Governor to go back home to his province and start doing diligent work as the people of Collingwood are really lacking government services.”

Tomuriesa added that he had legitimate documents and sought leave of Parliament to table the report at a later session during grievances debate.

Freddy Mou