Namosi Landowners Push for More Control in Mineral Resource Development

Landowners in Namosi are seeking greater control over mineral resource development within their province. Their concerns and recommendations are detailed in their submission on the draft Mineral Exploitation and Exploration Bill.

“As landowners, we recognise the potential economic benefits that mineral exploration and exploitation can bring to our country,” stated the Namosi landowners. “However, we also believe it is crucial to ensure that the interests of landowners and local communities are protected and respected throughout the process.”

The Namosi Provincial Council echoed these sentiments, highlighting the need for an iTaukei draft of the legislation, 50 percent landowner approval for special prospecting licences and mining leases, extensive consultations, and efforts to ensure landowners fully comprehend the nature of the projects.

After consulting with the landowners and Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, the province put forth the following demands, as endorsed by the Namosi Provincial Council Meeting held at the Pearl Hotel on July 4, 2024:

– The Government and investors should jointly ensure the establishment of a local facility for the inspection of ores, which will be used to examine ore samples removed from the area.
– Investors should conduct tests on ore samples at the local facility and provide the results to native land-owning units, allowing them the right to inspect and verify the results.
– The Government should ensure that the local facility is equipped with adequate equipment and personnel to conduct thorough examinations of ore samples, and that the investor complies with all applicable laws and regulations related to mining operations.

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