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Dept of Lands still issuing SABL leases

Despite a government Moratorium and a Commission of Inquiry the Department of Lands is still issuing Special Purpose Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL) over customary land.

Two of the latest were announced in the National Gazette on 27 July. Covering an area of 21,520 hectares and  16,830 respectively, the two leases in the Tufi area of Oro Province have been granted for a term of 50 years and rent free.

The Commission of Inquiry, which has yet to present its final report, found widespread illegality in the granting of SABLs covering a total land area of more than 5 million hectares.

Clearly the new government’s promises of effective action on corruption will be seen to be meaningless unless they do something immediately to stop this FRAUD.

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  1. August 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    We don’t seem to learn nor do we have the sense to differentiate wrong and right or good and bad.
    Is this an influence from the foreign culture or from our own culture?

    For instance what is the meaning of stealing? Is it to rob from someone in physical sense? What about taking advantage of ones position to claim a public property like perhaps a government issued vihecle ?
    Which of is stealing then?
    More so being literate and illeterate is another. Literate as we understabd from layman,s interpretation is to read n understand and behaving accordingly. Whilst illiterate is not being able to reason out things from what we read. So its normal to act against instructions simply because our illitracy rate is high. Even the educated can illiterete when cannot do things as expected.
    My suggestion therfore is to suspand those involved in this saga as they are still illiterat and appoint literat people who will understand the instructions provided by the government
    Thus PNG needs honest people who can oblige to the governments visions and goals

  2. August 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    We don’t seem to learn nor do we have the sense to differentiate wrong and right or good and bad.
    Is this an influence from the foreign culture or from our own culture?
    For instance what is the meaning of stealing? Is it to rob from someone in physical sense? What about taking advantage of ones position to claim a public property like perhaps a government issued vihecle ?
    Which of this is stealing then?
    More so being literate and illeterate is another. Literate as we understabd from layman’s interpretation is to read n understand and behaving accordingly. Whilst illiterate is not being able to reason out things from what we read.
    Hence,in PNG its normal to act contrary against policy regulations simply because our illitracy rate is high. Even the educated can be illiterete when they cannot do things as expected.
    My suggestion therfore is to suspand those involved in this saga as they are still illiterat and appoint literat people who will understand the instructions provided by the government
    Thus PNG needs honest people who can oblige to the governments visions and goals

  3. Kia Tongia
    August 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    50 years without tax is just a joke. How could the Departnment of lands allows for such? Yupela blo we? All government assets has been sold out na nau yupla salim graun with tax free for another 50 years. Where will the landowners and the future generations go? And for those hard working landowners who are lifetime tax payers and really struggling to make end meets, its really embarrassing to them.

    Every man has a piece of land with property. Without land and property a man is just a slave. So as a nation. Do you want our country to become slaves similar to the African nations like Equatorial New Guinea?

    I know that everyone’s mindset is fixed on LNG but it is not at least 50% owned and operated by PNG. What that is going on right now is; we are submitting ourselves to the LNG as groom. We may still say it is our land but not now it was yesterday because your current act justifies.

    I hope and pray the Government regain control over all its assets and land.

    ________________________________________

  4. Anon
    October 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

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