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June 29, 2022

NBC Surprised By Land Title Claim

Concerns of land grabbing continue to arise, this time from a state owned entity, the National Broadcasting Corporation.


The management was surprised to find out that another entity has suddenly claimed title to their land.

The named entity has already moved staff and machinery onto the land.


Managing Director of NBC Memafu Kapera is calling for title holders of 99 year leases, to wary of unscrupulous land deals, which might be happening right under their noses.


The land concerned is portion 1437, located next to the five mile round about.


When we arrived on the scene, stationed there were security guards manning the land on behalf of Apota Limited, the alleged lease holders of the subdivided portion.


The management had learnt of the title squander a year ago, and since then, issued a notice to quit under section 145 of the Land Act 1996.


In February this year, Lands Secretary wrote a letter to Saulep lawyers, revoking the notice to quit. NBC was never informed of the revocation.


This prompted NBC to approach the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, to ensure that NBC is the only legal title holder to portion 1437.


You don’t have to look far to find a similar case over Prime land, the Jack Pidik Park was taken over in the same fashion.


The NBC Board has been assured by Department of Lands and Physical Planning that they will re-issue a notice to quit under section 145 to APOTA Limited.

And for the register of titles to issue official statements confirming that NBC is the legal title holder of portion 143.


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