by Louisah Frank – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The National Housing Corporation (NHC) has successfully obtained an interim court order restraining the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, National Airports Corporation and PNG Air Services Limited from holding legal interest in all properties formerly vested in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The order effectively relieves almost 1,000 families nationwide who had a fidgety festive season while legal rights over their homes were being dealt with in court.
The interim restraining court order effectively bars the three aviation enterprises from exercising any rights over all properties owned by the former CAA until the matter returns to court on the 15th of this month.
NHC has also filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the National Court’s decision, which declared legal rights to the Aviation Enterprises as opposed to the NHC.
Managing Director, John Dege, said NHC was given the legal rights being claimed by the Aviation Enterprises by virtue of an NEC decision back in 1992, well before CAA came into existence in 2000.
Dege said while the matter is before the high court and with the interim order also on foot, the status quo remains and that NHC is in control of all aerodrome and non-aerodrome land and properties in question.