PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Cabinet endorsed the funding for the joint security operations to implement medium and long-term strategies and to address illegal mining and the break-down of law and order at the Porgera gold mine in Enga.
He said in a statement that Porgera valley had seen an influx of outsiders, increasing the local population from 4000 to about 60,000. “With these new arrivals, there has been a significant deterioration in law and order, causing an increase in illegal mining in the Porgera Special Mining Lease areas. The Government callout to the Porgera gold mine is a Cabinet-endorsed joint operation to address criminal activities in and around the mining township,” he said.
O’Neill said the Porgera Joint Venture had been supportive towards these operations