In an effort to address this problem in Morobe, the Provincial Government has announced plans to support clans that want to protect their land.
Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu announced in Port Moresby today that his government will support clans to register their land, invite investors to partner with Incorporated Landowner Groups in commercial activities, create an economic corridor from Lae to Watarais in Markham, and build a new city at Nadzab.
“Traditional landowners are selling their land for easy and short term gains. They must immediately stop as they are cheaply trading their land and losing their birthrights,” stated the Governor.
“I am issuing directives to the provincial and district administrations to help traditional landowners carry out regular awareness, survey their land, incorporate ILGs and register their land through the Voluntary Customary Land Registration process and establish very effective database system.”
Saonu also disclosed that on July 29th, an agreement was reached with the Minister for National Planning to develop Nadzab into a city.
“This will complement the Lae Nadzab Urban Development Plan developed by JICA,” he said.