Three of the four women landowner associations of the Ramu Nickel Mining Project, recently attended a workshop on guidelines and mechanisms, governing the administration and disbursements of royalty funds.
The three are Inland Pipeline, Coastal Pipeline and Basamuk Women Landowner Associations. The fourth group which is the Kurumbukari Women Landowner Association, is sorting out some issues after which they will go through a similar process. The four women associations are offshoots of their umbrella associations.
The workshop was conducted by the Mineral Resources Authority’s Planning & Sustainability Branch, in anticipation of payment of royalties to the women associations soon.
The expected share for the women follows the payment of royalties in the last quarter of 2018, where the landowner umbrella associations and the Madang Provincial Government (MPG), received over K25 million. Of this, over K7 million went to the MPG, with the balance of more than K17 million shared amongst the four umbrella landowner associations.
During the workshop, the women were taken through the process of submission of project proposals, project appraisal, approval and project funding disbursement, monitoring and reporting and project closure and certification.
Gender Coordinator Pentika Mambu who delivered the workshop told the women that this was a great opportunity for them to start up their small business project. She cautioned them however, that the royalty funds must be used in a transparent and accountable manner using the guidelines and mechanisms they had been taught.
The MRA Managing Director Jerry Garry said the MRA and is committed and will support landowner associations throughout all mining projects in the country.
He said the case of women in Ramu project is a classic example of MRA ensuring that our landowners are well supported and given all the help they need to be sustainable and independent going forward. The MD acknowledged the ongoing support of relevant government agencies who have been part of service delivery to the mining sector especially our landowners.