During Parliament’s first sitting, Western Governor Taboi Awi Yoto asked for their share of the 2017 dividends from Ok Tedi Mine.
PM O’Neill responded by saying the Government is still holding onto the 33 percent share equity in Ok Tedi for the people of Western, including their dividends.
“As a Member of Parliament for the host district of the Ok Tedi Mine, I am not happy with that kind of response from a prime minister,” MP James Donald said.
Supporting Governor Yoto’s query, Donald questioned why it was taking the Government that long after the announcement of shares in 2016 to issue share certificate.
“A forceful closure of the mine will follow if the Prime Minister and the Government continue to mistreat and deprive the Western people of their rightful benefits,” Donald warned.
Meanwhile, he has denied rumours of his defection from the Opposition to the Government.
(North Fly MP James Donald)