Land compensation for the Wutung Government station in Sandaun Province, is expected to be made soon.
This was announced by Lands Secretary, Romilly Kila-Pat, when he visited the Wutung Border post. Mr. Kila-Pat was accompanying Border Development Authority Executive Chairman, Fred Konga.
The recent visit was to inspect the progress of construction work on the Asian Development Bank funded Wutung border trade, and investment project. Work on The Wutung border administration complex project, started in October 2012.
The visiting delegation toured the project site. The administration complex is nearing completion, and is expected to be opened soon.
After the short tour, the Lands Secretary Romilly Kila-Pat, and BDA Executive Chairman, Fred Konga, addressed the Wutung villagers over their outstanding land issues. Landowners have demanded compensation for their land, which was acquired by the colonial government.
Landowners expressed their concern that the government needs to address their outstanding land issues, as they have lost 10 kilometres of their land to the Indonesians.
Secretary for Lands assured landowners that payments for the Wutung government station land acquisition will be made soon.
Executive Chairman of BDA, Fred Konga, advised the frustrated villagers that the land in Indonesia, side of the border involves dialogue and protocols in line with international conventions, in addressing this issue.
The construction of this office complex will accommodate all agencies that deal with border affairs like Customs, Quarantine, Foreign Affairs, Police and Defence.
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