3 Mar 2017

Controversial PNG leases still not cancelled

From , 6:03 am on 3 March 2017

A Papua New Guinea NGO says the government remains reluctant to cancel a series of fraudulently obtained land leases.

The government is pushing ahead with plans to convert Special Agriculture Business Leases to registered land using Incorporated Land Groups.

Lands Minister Benny Allan confirmed this yesterday (Wed) in response to a petition signed by ten-thousand people calling for action on the SABLs.

The majority of the SABLS were found by a commission of inquiry three years ago to have been fraudulently obtained, constituting a massive land grab.

Eddie Tanago of the NGO Act Now spoke to Johnny Blades about the government's response.

Melanesian countries, excluding Fiji, make up the bulk of the seven million people in the Pacific who cannot access electricity.

Photo: RNZ/Johnny Blades