ORO - What this nation needs from its people are not just words of support and patriotism from a safe distance but a willingness to rise together and take affirmative action to protect and promote Papua New Guinea’s interests.
Only then will we gain the respect we believe we deserve. Only then can we expect others to respect us, respect our laws and respect our future.
I want you to stand with me to remove the enemies of Papua New Guinean interests who hide in parliament and the public service.
My first message is to Douglas Tomuriesa, Minister for Illegal Logging…. You need to step down!
By your actions, you seem to have endorsed the theft of forest resources from the people of Collingwood Bay in Oro Province.
The company you support has broken many laws of PNG and is trespassing on our land; its licenses and permits illegally procured.
Its foreign workers are without proper documentation; its machines unregistered; the destruction of our forests and waterways totally unacceptable and illegal.
The company is not an agricultural entity: it is an illegal logging company. The so called landowner company does not represent the people of Collingwood Bay or their clans and tribes.
The company’s employees have used violence and illegal firearms and assaulted our tribal chiefs. They have illegally discharged waste oil and sewage into our waters.
The company illegally constructed a jetty on a logpond belonging to a clan from which no permission was sought.
Minister Tomuriesa, you appointed your personal lawyer to be chairman of the Forestry Board when that position should be held ex officio by the Secretary Planning or Secretary CEPA until a permanent appointment is made by the National Executive Council.
You and your chairman are bypassing all PNG Forest Authority processes and procedures in illegally awarding licenses and permits. You are in effect facilitating transnational crime.
You have failed to act to protect PNG interests.
In my view, you are not a fit and proper person to hold an important position as minister. Resign. PNG does not need you.