Five new homes for Finalbin villagers
OK Tedi Mine Village members have witnessed the opening of five houses funded from the Finalbin Village Development Fund at a total cost of K1.4 million.
Five families of Finalbin village in the Star Mountains have received keys to their new homes recently.
This project was a partnership between Ok Tedi Development Foundation, Finalbin community, local building contractors and Ok Tedi Mining Limited.
Mine Village’s chairman Maino Lucas said the project was a sign of change in support at the mine’s executive management level.
“The project delivered today shows the leadership we have at Ok Tedi mine and our people will benefit through this leadership as witnessed today.”
Former VPC chairman for Finalbin village Tony Itulam was appreciative of the support from OTDF, and thanked them for completing the project despite many delays due to Covid-19.
OTML chief executive officer and Chairman of OTDF, MusjeWerror officiated the handover to the recipients.
“I want to see the Ok Tedi Mine Villages become the model community in PNG.
“I would like to see improvements in the living standard that will continue after mine closure and these five houses are a perfect example of making this happen,” he said.
Team leader OTDF Infrastructure Department, Richard Jendeng said, “we were involved in all stages of the project, particularly supporting the contractors to ensure compliance to standards and specifications.”
The houses have three bedrooms, are fully kitted with brown and white goods, supplied with both hot and cold water and electricity.
OTDF continues infrastructure development for the Mine Villages with the next five houses to be built for Kavorabip Village this year, followed by two houses each for both Atemkit and Wangbin Villages.
All approved nominations have been submitted with other VPC projects now awaiting approval by respective communities.