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May 19, 2021
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Paga Development Company Agrees to Resettle Paga Settlers

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Settlers living on Paga Hill in Port Moresby have agreed to move, but on conditions that water and electricity was provided at their resettlement location.

 

Developer, Paga Hill Development Company, has agreed to settle them on a 14 hectare parcel of land at 6 mile.

Settlers here have finally agreed to move after the National Court gave 45 days, to vacate the land.

 

Several hundreds of people live here at Paga Hill, the proposed site for development by the Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC).

 

Attempts to evict them on several occasions have failed, even to the point where, Moresby South MP and Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu was harassed by rogue policemen.

 

The settlers have now accepted the court’s decision, and want to be resettled somewhere with water and electricity, basing their demands on humanitarian grounds.

 

Other settlers supported this youth’s call saying they have no choice but to move.

 

Paga Development Company, in a statement, welcomed the settlers’ decision to move and said; they have 14 hectares of lands available at 6 mile for them to resettle.

 

Spokesperson for Paga Development Company, Stanley Liria, said this issue requires all stakeholders including NCD, the State and Curtain Brothers, to share responsibility over the resettlement exercise.

 

He said they are happy to meet with the representatives of the settlers, to discuss their demands and see what the company is prepared to offer, though they are not legally obliged to do so.

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