4 Aug 2008

Ok Tedi management say PNG politicians fail to make the most of money generated by mine

3:36 pm on 4 August 2008

The managing director of Papua New Guinea's Ok Tedi Mining Ltd, Allan Breen, says the government is wasting public funds derived from the mine.

Mr Breen says the millions of kina derived from the mine in Western Province through tax and other benefits are not being used to get services to the people.

The newspaper, The National, reports him as saying Ok Tedi is trying its best through the tax credit scheme to bring services to the people but its efforts had been hampered by politics.

He says a recent agreement to improve health services in the North Fly may fall over because the three parties involved are playing politics.

And the company's public affairs manager, David Masani, says while 40 schools had been built in the region since the mine opened, more than half are now closed.

In a meeting with the Minister for Correctional Services, Tony Aimo, and North Fly MP, Boka Kondra, in Tabubil, he also raised concerns that people are dying from preventable diseases.