15 Jul 2013

Over 300 still waiting for land payments in CNMI

3:45 pm on 15 July 2013

More than 300 landowners in the Northern Marianas are still waiting for the government to pay them compensation worth about 100 million US dollars, some as far back as the 1990s.

The claims are owners of private property whose lands were acquired by the government, mostly for road projects.

On Saipan, a total of 240 claimants are awaiting payments of about 80 million US dollars.

Our correspondent Mark Rabago says one landowner was so desperate to get compensation they took action which forced the government to pay.

"One claimant went really public and closed the road there because they hadn't been paid and the matriarch is getting old and hasn't seen anything, and I think they paid 2,00 dollars for that claimant."

Mark Rabago says the government has only 100 US dollars left in its bank account for the compensation fund.