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Morobe Provincial Government Buys Traditional Land to Build Komba Station

by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae

The Morobe Provincial Government has spent an initial K250,000 to purchase land to build a rural station in Komba, whilst the Komba Secondary School still remains incomplete.

Yesterday, Governor Kelly Naru on behalf of the provincial executive council made the part payment to the landowners for land that will cost nearly K2 million.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, presented the cheque after the Komba Local Level Government worked with landowners to free up land intended for a station to be built on.

The Provincial Government has taken over landownership from traditional landowners who have sold land area, the size of twelve rugby fields.

“The certificate of ownership listing the clans comprising that are Satuak one and two are Bangut, Ewat and Mungum clan three clans,” said Governor Naru.

The Provincial Lands Department has surveyed the portion and now the government making an initial payment of K250,000. The land area is valued over K1.9 million.

Many parts in Komba are struggling with the aftermath of last year’s eight months drought and when the rains came, pests in the soil attacked kaukau, yam and taro.

“The people’suffered from the drought and now when the rains came kaukau and Yam have decayed in the soil because of the pests,” said Komba Teacher Nemson Mangheyu.

The Komba Secondary School is yet to be completed.

In December last year, Primary School teacher, Nemson Mangheyu, said he needed funding to complete the mess and dormitories for the new secondary school.

This afternoon, Nemson Mangheyu whilst speaking from Komba, said the secondary school’s dormitories haven’t been completed and that the Komba people will need at least k10,000 to get iron roofing from Lae to Konge were the Secondary School is located.

Mangheyu also explained that the Morobe Governor Kelly Naru made commitmen’s to allocate funding, but the money hasn’t been paid yet.

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