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July 28, 2021

Toroama: Government Failed Landowners

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Meanwhile Bougainville Revolutionary Army leader, Ismael Toroama, has heavily criticized the Government, for failing to involve landowners in many negotiations.

The sentiment was echoed by Mr. Toroama at the recent Aropa Airport ground breaking ceremony in Kieta, Central Bougainville.


Most times, landowners were left out in negotiations that involved international developers.


A vocal Mr. Toroama reminded the Government that, the majority of the land in Papua New Guinea is customary owned, and landowners must not become spectators.


He said the selfish technique of using the back door, to obtain benefits must stop, as this has resulted in more trouble.


A related case is the Panguna Mine that gave birth to the blood of war and destruction – Bougainville Crisis. 


Lack of proper dialogue and consultation between the Government, developers and landowners, are some key causes identified, with the legitimate owners.

ABG’s South Nasioi Member John Ken supported this stance.


The Government must work together with its stakeholders, to ensure the signed legal documents are fully implemented, for services to be delivered accordingly to the people.


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