Lower Koiari Land Owners On State-acquired land for water and electricity purposes

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Three Landowners of the Rauna Lower Koiari Clan have come out clear to clarify who owns the customary Rauna and Lower Koiari land resource.

The three landowners, Willie Abari, Saroa Beredi and Kevea Moio, said their respective tribes of Omani, Narime and Behori ILG’s are the host of key government facilities and business houses.

They said their boundaries commence from Kokoda Motel Bridge, down to 9mile Makana creek, along the Rouna Sogeri Road and extend inland, covering inlets of the Laloki River.

The three landowners said although they have other neighbouring Koiari clans, their land resources are within the impact and affected project areas.

This means that they are the legitimate clans to benefit from the National Government’s Sustainable Development and Benefit Package for the Koiari Resource Owners.

The three landowners said the recent article published in the dailies by a Babea Toina, Arua Soge and Foxie Kaeka of the Taburi clan of the Sogeri plateau is misleading, as they have no traditional rights to the land where the state has acquired for water and electricity purposes.

Recently an amount of K10million was released to the umbrella company following a National Court Order of OS 2015.

The landowners said the money that was paid, rightfully belongs to the OMANI, NARIME AND BEHORI ILG’s.

The three ILG chairmen claimed that they have been unlawfully jailed during the festive season by Police from false claims laid by Mr Toina, Soge and Kaeka.

Mr Abarai said their clans have been neglected by the government for so many years because of a few greedy individuals who were only concerned about themselves, and not the community. He added that the K10Million they received through their umbrella company, Rouna Lower Koiari Ltd, is for the three rightful clans of Omani, Narime and Behori to start something for themselves and their children.

Staycey Yalo

Journalist, Staycey Yalo has been working with EMTV since October, 2017. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. Staycey's experience extends to three years in the Print media covering Politics and Education.

Staycey Yalo

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