Lands Minister denies 'illegal' land grabbing claim

Friday September 26, 2014

Lands and Physical Planning Minister Benny Allan has called on Motuan landowners to be more responsible in their approach towards addressing land issues in NCD and the Central Province.
Minister Allan was responding to comments made by Gorohaga clan leader Nou Tamarua from Tubusereia village concerning the subject land, known as portion 2734c and portion 2910c Dogura, situated in Bautama outside Port Moresby town where the proposed Pacific Medical Centre (PMC) will be built.
“As far as I am concerned there is no such thing as ‘illegal land grabbing’ and I urge the leader of the clan (Mr Tamarua) to consult my department before making unbiased statements in the media
“The developer (PMC) and Di Tene Vata ILG called two meetings at Holiday Inn. There was no dispute among the clan members.
“According to our records the Di Tene Vata ILG consist of seven clans of lower Koiari,” Minister Allan said.
The Minister also clarified that currently the department only recognizes the Di Tene Vata Incorporated Land Group and if there is any dispute then it should be taken up with the ILG concerned.
“I call upon the leader of the Gorohaga clan to settle your outstanding dispute with the duly registered ILG,” Mr Allan said.

Hon. Benny Allan, MP
Minister for Lands & Physical Planning