Landowners from the Liquefied Natural Gas project submitted an 8 paged petition addressed to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, relevant government ministers, members of Parliament and Stakeholders.
The petition is for the government to honor outstanding commitments signed in Kokopo in 2009.
The resource owners want a positive response before the gas is exported this year.
The landowners are frustrated with the national government’s delay and in honoring the Umbrella Benefit and License Based Benefits signed in Kokopo East New Britain in 2009.
With talks of commissioning the first shipment of gas in few months’ time, the resource owners are giving the national government 7 days to serve its obligations.
They say 4 years of waiting is sufficient enough for a government who believes in developing and providing basic services to its people.
John Kaloma from the PDL 7 area says the people’s cry has fallen on deaf ears with no project being implemented in the affected communities.
The government is given 7 days to respond favourably.
Meanwhile the landowners say either physical or legal action will be taken.
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