By ELIZABETH VUVU
NEW Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan has demanded that the provincial administration and parties at Waigani conclude a longstanding land settlement claim of K4.4 million for the Tigak landowners of Kavieng town, The National reports.
He directed provincial administrator Simeon Malai to liaise with the Department of Lands and Physical Planning and accelerate process to settle the matter.
Sir Julius said in a statement that the Kavieng landowners had adhered to the spirit of cooperation under the memorandum of agreement signed between the parties last year, but lack of commitment by the national government had frustrated the people.
“It seems that issues affecting
The governor met with landowner representatives last Friday and was briefed on the matter.
Sir Julius said he was disappointed that the Department of Lands and Physical Planning had failed to honour the government’s commitments to the villagers of Omo, Bagail, Mongol, Kulangit and Papliang.
“They have been fighting a longstanding land compensation claim dating back to the colonial era.”
Records showed that the early administration had promised to acquire the Kavieng town land which was later given legal title and valued at K 4.41 million in 1988 by the Kavieng District Court.