OK Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) chairman, Musje Werror has told the people of Dudi Trust Region in South Fly that there must be change in attitude in order for tangible development to take place.
Mr Werror, who is also Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s deputy CEO, was speaking at the official opening of a jetty at Madire village in mid-October.
The jetty was built at a cost of K2.1 million by Nawae Construction Limited.
Mr Werror told the community that they must work hard and not rely on the annual cash compensation payments from OTML if they want to see a positive change in their lives.
“I am very happy to say that change is starting to happen as the CMCA communities’ embrace OTDF as their development vehicle and are keen to work closely with OTDF officers,” he said.
“It has not been an easy road for OTDF since it started operating independent from OTML in 2010 but it is pleasing to see the positive impact it (OTDF) is making and the support it is now getting from the CMCA communities,” Mr Werror told the people.
Mr Werror commended OTDF CEO Ian Middleton and his team for their efforts in successfully delivering projects in the CMCA (Community Mine Continuation Agreements) areas in Western province which is contributing to a change in attitude of the people.
Mr Werror assured the people that OTDF was here to stay and will continue to improve to make a difference in the province. He said all employees working for OTDF are there to serve the interest of the communities of the Western Province.