By Rayon Lakingu – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Central Province now has a Lands Board to deal with issues concerning state land in the province, with its members officially sworn in today.
Whilst witnessing today’s ceremony, Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko said it was important to have a Lands Board in the province to manage matters relating to land.
Under the constitution, each province is required to have a provincial Lands Board.
The Central Provincial Government today joined a select few provinces in establishing its first ever provincial lands board.
The Lands and Physical Planning Minister said the land board would the help the National Lands department to deal with problems relating to land. Before the swearing-in ceremony, Board Members were taken through an orientation program, facilitated by the Lands Department.
They were briefed on the different process and how the land board should operate.
Board Deputy Chairman, John Orea, said there are many issues concerning land in the Central Province and the establishment of the board is a big step forward in addressing these issues.
Central Governor Robert Agarobe, was there to witness the ceremony and was happy that the board was established; saying the establishment of the lands board will help to see major development taking place in the central province.
The establishment of the board will now see issues relating to lands in the Central Province addressed through this Provincial Lands Board.