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January 17, 2021

Naru: Land Grabbers Bulldozed

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Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, this morning personally supervised the bulldozing of fencing around a disputed land portion at Lae’s old airport.

It comes, seven days after the Morobe Provincial government, issued an eviction notice to the parties’ claiming to hold titles, deemed illegal by the land board.


While courts have issued restraining orders for some portions, Governor Naru says this is a warning to people doing illegals deals, that won’t be tolerate.


The first fence to be taken down, belonged to a section that was the center of dispute between a party, claiming to have a land title, and Angau Hospital’s management last year, a dispute that ended up in court.


It took several hours to get down all the other fencing around the portion of land, deemed illegal by the new Land Board.


“And what we are seeing is the start of an exercise to reclaim all this land portions, that have been taken over illegally, by improper means of land allocation,” says Governor Naru.


One portion had a restraining order, stopping the bulldozing of the fence.

But the Governor says it will be removed to make way for the Police, Lands and Health Department buildings.


It comes after a new board was sworn in several weeks ago, to deal with the backlog of land issues, that include illegal fencing of portions, earmarked for the state.


Governor Naru, had said during the swearing in, of the New Land board, that some titles were duplicates, obtained from dubious deals in the past.


Deputy Morobe Governor, and Land Board Chairman, Judas Nalau says land is scarce and residential areas are taken over by business, while, its good for expansions, the physical planning board must be consulted.


Provincial Planning Board Chairman, Patilias Gamato says the land belongs to the state, for future expansions and its reserved for that purpose.


The one-man one block policy is being implemented now and those going against it, will be dealt with.


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