Tolokuma Gold Mine by law gives 10% Royalty to the Host LLG which is Woitape Local Level Government.
From this 10% royalty from TGM, YLA – Yulai Landowners association gets 80%, Central Province Government gets 10% and Woitaple LLG, as the host LLG gets 10%.
Woitape LLG’s 10% amounts to K1.25million. This is the amounts been budgeted and accessed.
Mineral Resource Authority took custody of the monies and kept it in the Trust Account for a period of time.
[If this monies were kept in a trust account then should it be incuring interest?]
Last week, there was a meeting held by the Woitape LLG President and his councilors with the Yulai Landowners Chairman and his executives with MRA to initiate talks of leasing the funds through to Woitape LLG.
10% Royalty from MRA to Woitape LLG is amounting to K1.25million.
This K1.25mil was budgeted broken up by Woitape LLG and YLA in the following manner:
In the break up, under Infrastructure, 3 projects where identified and funded. Two airstrips and a main market building.
Under the Education sector, 8 schools were identified and funded. The largement amount in this break up was K120,000.00. Everyone else got K10,000 each.
Health had only one Community Health Post identified and funded K50,000.00
Law and Order sector was choosen to not get any funding at all, while Administration got K300,000.00 with the Landowner Support groups getting K400,000.00. Under this sector, it seems the Landowners of TGM and other affected mine areas will be considered.
With the LLG Elections coming up, it would have been a responsible thing to delay the release of these funds until after the LLG National Elections 2018.
From the Break Up and project identification and funding, Ward 8 in Woitape LLG was the only ward that did not get any project indentified and funded. All ther 8 wards directly got some funding allocated.