October 15,2015, 11:47 pm

A vocal landowner association in the Goilala District has expressed concern on the recent transaction which will lead to the reopening of the Tolukuma Gold Mine.

Auga-Dilava Resource Association has been a mouth piece for local communities in the Goilala, Kuni and Mekeo areas affected by mining activities of Tolukuma.

The association has been pushing for the state to address long outstanding environmental and other mine related issues.

Representing the association and the people once more, chairman Billy Aia, this time has questioned about this new operator – Asidokona Mining Resources PTE LTD.

Mr Aia said the announcement of the “Formal Exchange Sale Share Agreement” regarding TGM, has come as upsetting news.

In a letter written for government bodies, the association said: “Petromin has failed to introduce to the affected people in Goilala, Kuni and Mekeo and the rest of PNG the strange Singaporean Firm with Local Motu Language name Asidokona.

“Where on the planet earth has this company conducted and operated a mine or has managed mining operations?”

While they are calling for an intervention, similar concerns in this regard have been raised by Social Media activist and blogger, Anthony Morant and another Papua New Guinean, also well versed with TGM.

“It is interesting to hear from the Mining Minister Byron Chan how he hails the TGM buyer Asidokona as ‘reputable with integrity’.

“Can he substantiate what he terms as reputable to ‘Asidokona when in actual fact, Asidokona has allegedly existed for three months after it was registered in Singapore?

They are also calling on those involved in selling TGM to come out clear on the truth about who actually owns TGM.

Despite these concerns, pioneer chairman of the Yulai Landowners Association, Fabianne Aia, on behalf of the landowners, said they’ve accepted the announcement of the takeover by Asidokona.

“We don’t know the history behind Asidokona, but we are not against it, so long as the company fulfills the requirements in the MoA, including the road development,” he said.