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July 14, 2020
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Landowners Angry Over Outstanding Land Compensation Claims of K200 Million

Landowners throughout Papua New Guinea are angry over their outstanding land compensation claims of K200 million yo be furnished by the government.

This follows their lands being alienated by the government to build government institutions like schools, health facilities, and roads.

Over 100 frustrated land owners gathered outside the Eda Tano Haus in Port Moresby yesterday morning regarding their overdue claims not being processed by the Lands Department.

They held placards and banners the read, ” Pay Us K200 million Land Compensation”.

EMTV spoke to representatives from all regions across Papua New Guinea.

Highlands spokes person Ben Keten, says many of these lands have been obtained by the state for government’s special purposes during the pre and post-colonial era without any form of payment.

He says unlike royalties from the LNG Project, land compensation is a priority area because it has major government establishments in schools, wharf, water supply, hospitals, bridges and roads.

Representing Momase, Christopher Sokome says for 30 years they have been waiting for this payment promised by the government.

A petition will be delivered to the government next Thursday.

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