28 Nov 2005

PNG communities call for action over illegal settlements around Lae

1:37 pm on 28 November 2005

Communities around Lae in Papua New Guinea are threatening to forcefully take-hold of the power pylons located on their land if the Morobe Provincial government fails to remove illegal settlements.

The Postcourier rerpots this is one of several actions the people of Ahi, Labuta, Wampar and Umi-Atzera areas plan to take in their bid to force the authorities to act swiftly to address the spiralling crime situation.

Ahi community leader, Benson Nablu, says they're fed up and are demanding immediate action from the government.

Mr Nablu says Lae is sitting on a time-bomb that is ready to explode.

He is also warning that the next meeting over the issue might not be peaceful, indicating the villagers may take action to forcefully evict the illegal settlers from Two-Mile to Five-Mile.