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Oro government leads in the fight against illegal land grabbing


Gary Juffa opposition to SABL land grab exposes Peter O'Neill's inaction

Gary Juffa opposition to SABL land grab exposes Peter O’Neill’s inaction

While PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill sits on his hands refusing to cancel unlawful SABL leases and stop illegal logging, the Oro Provincial government is standing with its people against the Malaysian led land grab.

In a statement issued overnight, Oro Governor Gary Juffa has again committed his government to assist landowners:

“That the Oro Government stands by its people in fighting against land grabbing, illegal logging and is willing to support their court cases with its own legal team and attending as a party to all cases of such.

“We are also taking to task several companies who have obtained land illegally and will fight all this through the courts of PNG.

“My Government has placed a moratorium on all land dealings in Oro and it is still very much in force and will be with all dealings to be reviewed by a committee established at some time in the future.

“As for landgrabbers and their pokies playing, beer swilling, corridor walking scamming and scheming – Oro is closed for illegal business…we welcome genuine investors only…”

The position of the Oro Provincial government stands in stark contrast to the position of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who continues to protect the Malaysian logging companies who are making huge profits from their stolen timber.

Peter O’Neill has failed to implement the recommendations of the recent SABL land grab Commission of Inquiry which found the SABL leases had been unlawfully and fraudulently issued. The Commission recommended the unlawful leases be immediately revoked, but the Peter O’Neill led government has done nothing with those findings.


  1. Jade
    April 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Governor Juffa is correct. What are all the other MPs who have logging operations in their electorates doing?
    We must also think in terms of empowerment and support towards our landowners by way of providing technical advise, educate them on environmental consequences and provide machinery to run sawmills and do some down stream processing with our logs. In this way we create employment for our people and keep outsiders off our customary land boundaries. Because acres and acres of virgin forest arent being worked on dosent give the right to foreigners to illegally march in and start ripping out all our timber. Laws regarding these illegal logging operations must be revisited and tighten up and if anything must be geared towards the overall benefit of the landowners. Its 2014 now, how many more years will it take before we wake up and start clamping down.


  2. ToPam
    April 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hon. Juffa you have my support. To HELL with this SABL, and whoever promoted this sickening SABL, he/she will also have eternal death in HELL. What are they trying to prove when we do not have the necessary mechanism in place to control the process. The government agencies< National Forest Services, Lands Dept, DEC and Provincial Administrations are completely being corrupted by the "INVESTORS" who have malicious and dubious interests to rip our forest resources, at the fastest and cheapest way they can.

    If I had my way, I would have all those implicated and involved before a firing squad and gun them down.

    Please Mr. PM what the hell is happening? Are you silently telling the people of PNG that these investors are indirectly funding some of your promises????? F…….K them. We dont need them and their money, they can st…….ff all their money up their ori………ice.

    Sorry for being rude, but we can not continue to allow other people to come and manipulate our people and become spectators and losers.

    HON. JUFFA, you are a true champion and there are people like me who would like to see an end to this GARBAGE.


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