Porgera Development Authority

Interim chairman vows to restore services

He said services like markets and law and order are currently lacking in area.

It has been noted that Porgera has not progressed in terms of development because the Porgera Development Authority was not functioning.

Interim chairman Thompson Kolera suggested restructuring and restoring processes in the Authority will be a step forward in the right direction.

The special purposes authority for Porgera, known as the Porgera Development Authority, swore in its interim board members on February 16.

Porgera authority swears in interim board

The small but significant ceremony took place on Friday in Port Moresby in front of the secretary for Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, whom the authority is mandated to report to.

However, the Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs is not the only Government office the Special Purposes Authority is mandated to report to; the first arm of Government it has to report to is the Local Level Government. 

Sir Peter Ipatas calls for PDA audits

The challenge was put to them by Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, in a media conference today.

Ipatas said the threat to shut down operations was irresponsible especially when there was a lot to be desired in terms of accountability.

“We are now calling on the appropriate authorities and PDA to come out and produce their financial reports since inception.”

“Because from records that we have, we see that more than K130 million has been given through their accounts in terms of Special Support Grants and National Government Grants,” said Ipatas.

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“Even though the Porgera Gold Mine contributes 30 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, the National Government still owes PDA more than K100 million in royalties.

“If Governor Peter Ipatas does not come to our aid in the next three months, we will wind down our operations,” Miukin told a huge crowd last Saturday in Porgera, Enga Province.

He warns that there will be no future in mining if they shut down their operations.