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Mining ministry welcomes new vice minister

Usino Bundi MP and new vice minister for Mining Jimmy Uguro was welcomed by the Ministry of Mining last Thursday in Port Moresby.

His welcome reception was witnessed by the ministry and its agencies that included the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management (DMPGM).

In welcoming Mr Uguro, MRA managing director Jerry Garry explained the role and functions of the authority to the vice minister.

Mr Garry said MRA has a great team of smart engineers and has by far kept the country safe from any fatalities in all operating mines in the country.

He said the country has also set a new record for any country in the world.

“Congratulations vice ministry for your appointment and MRA is set to support you and we look forward for your support as well,” he said.

DMPGM secretary Harry Kore, shared like sentiments, saying the vice minister has a great responsibility in the mining industry.

Mr Kore also outlined the office structure, roles and responsibilities of the department to the vice minister.

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke urged all the staff members under the ministry, authority and department to give their undivided support and respect to the vice minister.

“Going forward there will challenges especially with the review of Pogera amongst other reviews,” he told his counterpart.

Mr Tuke said he is prepared to work with his vice minister and will be sharing the ministry’s budget portion with him.

Mr Uguro said before becoming a member of parliament (MP) he was a public servant in the education department and has also worked with mines at the Madang provincial government especially with the establishment of Ramu Nickel.

Mr Uguro said he will support Minister Tuke and all agencies to deliver what the industry requires.

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