Landowners Question Government’s Housing Project

Government’s plan to build forty thousand Newss in Port Moresby has been questioned by a prime landowner from the Dabunari Boteka Clan.

The landowner claims that the Government did not consult them prior to allocating the land for the project.


Land owner, Iama Homoka Dabada, understands the housing issues in the city, but called on the government and relevant authorities to consult prime land owners and come good on a better understanding.


Mr Dabada also raised concerns of settlers moving in and markingout land after being evicted elsewhere. “Our concern is for our children, the government must consider that’, he added.


A portion of the land will also cater for the 8 mile Baruni freeway.


Meanwhile, Deputy Opposition leader, Sam Basil remains critical in government’s loan sourcing for this housing project.


He said government’s policy and program interventions for better and affordable houses have failed. He proposed the government to consider increasing the housing allowance from K7 to K300.


Mr Basil said this should provide housing security to the working class and help the government save money.


Meanwhile, the office of the Director of State Land, says the area allocated for the housing project has been approved by the lands department, and was given legally to the National Housing Corporation.


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