"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Monday, 21 May 2012

Churches launch LNG report

Grace Auka, The National, Friday May 18th, 2012

The PNG churches partnership programme has been concerned about the impact of the LNG project and has launched a research report on it.

The report “The Community Good” looks at the effects of the LNG project in Hela province.

Church leaders council chairman Patrick Gaiyer explained the involvement of the churches in producing the report examining the influence of the LNG project in Hela.

“In relation to the development, the churches are not against it but are major partners in community development and would like to ensure that any major development is sensitive and balanced towards the people’s cultural, spiritual and empowerment needs,” Gaiyer said.

It focuses on the security threats and issues which were important to local people.
He said development should at all times avoid situations where a multi-billion kina project was threatened and reduced the people to a mere community of beggars.
He said the milestone achievement had room for further research on the social impacts that are being currently experienced.

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