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O’Neill’s illegal logging: Who, where and how much is being stolen?


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has failed to shut down illegal logging operations in thirteen SABL areas despite receiving advice ten months ago that the leases are illegal.

The Prime Minister was told the leases are illegal and received the recommendation they should be revoked in the report of the SABL Commission of Inquiry set up by O’Neill’s predecessor as Prime Minister, Sam Abal. The Commission findings were given to O’Neill in June 2013.

By refusing to act on the Commission of Inquiry recommendations Peter O’Neill has become an accessory to the blatant theft of forest resources.

O’Neill’s illegal logging is currently* taking place in thirteen SABL areas across six Provinces and involves 12 foreign owned logging companies.

Here is the latest PNG Forest Authority data** on who, where and how much is being stolen:***

West Sepik

Bewani Forest Products Limited. Bewani Portion 160C, FCA 10-03, amount stolen in 12 months K23,968,848

Vanimo Jaya Limited, Aitape West Portion 248C, FCA 10-02, amount stolen in 12 months K4,921,479

Westenders Limited, Madedua Ext Mengen, FCA 10-03, amount stolen in 12 months K1,024,585

Jambo Trak Limited, Schotiuhu Cocoa Estate, FCA 10-04, amount stolen in 12 months K14,701,076

East Sepik

Brilliant Investment Limited (Star Avenue), Marienberg (Anogram), FCA 11-02, amount stolen in 12 months K12,554,368

Summit Agriculture Limited, Wewak Turubu, FCA 11-01, amount stolen in 12 months K25,016,573

East New Britain

Cakara Alam Limited (Tzen Niugini), Illi Waswas FCA, 15-02, amount stolen in 12 months K11,630,578

Kerawara Limited (KK Connections) Toria Head Waters, FCA 15-04, amount stolen in 12 months K1,148,365

Rimbunan Hijau Limited (Gilford) Sigite Mukus, FCA 15-07, amount stolen in 12 months K28,429,919

Tian Suyn Limited, Suikol-Makolkol FCA, 15-05, amount stolen in 12 months K10,993,849

New Ireland

Joinland, Umbukal, FCA 16-02 / 16-62 / 16-63, amount stolen in 12 months K18,318,037


Matufi Limited, Tufi Wanigela, amount stolen in 12 months K1,536,000

West New Britain

Westenders Limited, Lolobao, FCA 14-01, amount stolen in 12 months K13,971,019

* September 2013
** The Log exports are monitored by SGS on behalf of the PNGFA
*** Declared export value of the raw logs
  1. Rodney Kiagi
    May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    References as to where the information is obtained from should be made as this is a lot of money obtained from illegal? logging. Where does this money end up?

    • May 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      The information has been obtained from the PNG Forest Authority and the figures are based on the log export monitoring done by SGS.

  2. June 9, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Urgent intervention is required or we will be totally destroyed.

  3. Douglas Newai
    June 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I think we the PNG Citizens need to rise up and start taking steps to replace Peter O’Neil as PM. We are heading to the wrong direction according to my assessment

  4. Ria Mapi Koare
    September 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    If our chief executive officer of the country is found to be heavily involved in corruption deals please let us (people) use our God given people power to remove him from the chair..Christian

  5. Lagiva John, Tickle
    December 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Iam sad to know about this theft of the money stolen by the PM O’neil.Iam the one of the principal landowner of SUIKOL RESOURCE LTD in the Central Pomio LLG in Pomio District ENBP. We had been lacking government since we got our Independance and how is this government stealing again from simple people like us. What are shame for such big man like that.p
    How to quiry on this please can you advise me.

    I just want information on how l can

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