The Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) has issued an eviction notice to Eight Mile residents in Port Moresby but the settlement community there has rejected it.
The settlers residing on DAL land in Moitaka, Eight Mile said they respect the decision but they want a win-win agreement. Last Saturday, DAL officers went to the Eight Mile community trying to serve an eviction notice to settlers but were rejected.
There are about 300 settlers living on land belonging to DAL.
The settlers’ spokesperson, Andy Waribi said they accept the decision taken by the title holder but request DAL to provide a response to an earlier letter from NCD Governor, Powes Parkop.
Governor Parkop had written to the DAL Secretary on the 22nd August, requesting for a portion of land to be made available so that the settlers could be re-settled to section 215.
The governor’s response comes after the first eviction notice issued by DAL on the 6th of August. However, DAL is warning those still settling on their land that they have until December to move out.
The people are requesting for their local MP, Labi Amaiu and Governor Powes Parkop to step in and assist with the plan to convert the settlements into suburbs sooner.