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Lands want K50 million annual funding

Mr. Allen said this annual allocation will also be used to offset over 100 million kina owed to customary landowners throughoutthe country who have leased land to state institutions such as schools and hospitals sincethe colonial days.

 

Government is focused to increase state owned land from three percent to seven percent by year 2015 and 20% come 2050.

 

This is envisioned inthPNG 2050 Vision. The minister said his department gets an annual allocation of 13.5 million kina. He said this is insufficient.

 

Mr. Allen saidthe submission for an annual allocation of 50 million kina will also be used to offset 103 million kina owed to customary landowners throughoutthe country who have leasedtheir land for public services such as schools and hospitals sincethe colonial days.

 

The minister was responding to questions raised by Komo Magarima MP Francis Potape on land purchased and developed already.

 

Mr. Potape said many MP’shave purchased land particularly inthe nation’s capital and that what would become of such portion of land whenthe state begins to reclaim its alienated land.

 

Minister Allen urged MP’sandthe public to refrain from purchasing or occupying state land illegally. He said correct processes must be followed to attain land and that is throughthe land board.

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